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Synchrotron Radiation

An everyday application of special relativity
Jan-Erik Rubensson


Synchrotron radiation is the name given to the radiation that occurs when charged particles are accelerated in a curved path or orbit. Classically, any charged particle that moves in a curved path or is accelerated in a straight-line path will emit electromagnetic radiation. Various names are given to this radiation in different contexts. Thus circular particle accelerators are called synchrotrons – this is where charged particles are accelerated to very high speeds and the radiation is referred to as synchrotron radiation. Suitable for a summer short course or a one-term lecture series, this text introduces the subject, starting with some historical background then covering basic concepts such as flux, intensity, brilliance, emittance and Liouville's theorem. The book then covers the properties of synchrotron radiation, insertion devices, beamlines and monochromators before finishing with an introduction to free electron lasers and an overview of the most common techniques and applications of this technology.

About Editors

Jan-Erik Rubensson is physics professor at Uppsala University, where he teaches basic mechanics and optics on the bachelor level, and he has the responsibility for the master-level course in synchrotron radiation. His research focuses on the refinement of methods related to soft X-ray inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS), and is spokesperson for VERITAS, the RIXS-dedicated beamline at the MAX IV laboratory. He investigates non-linear scattering processes at X-ray free-electron lasers, primarily via an imaging spectrometer at the European XFEL in Hamburg.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents: Introduction / Properties of Radiation / Accelerating Charged Particles / Insertion Devices / Coherent Particles / X-ray Optics


Paperback ISBN: 9780750328296

Ebook ISBN: 9781681741796

DOI: 10.1088/978-1-6817-4115-4

Publisher: Morgan & Claypool Publishers


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