SR School 2016

Sep 19. till Sep 23.

Synchrotron Radiation School

The SR School provides postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers, who have little experience of Synchrotron Radiation (SR), a broad-based introduction to many of the different types of experiments conducted using SR.

19/09/20162016-09-19 - 23/09/20162016-09-23
Jesus College Oxford and Diamond Light Source

Diamond is delighted to announce it is to run a fifth synchrotron radiation school from the 19th to the 23rd September 2016. It will run on very similar lines to the very successful SR Schools in 2014, 2012 and 2010 with the aim being to provide postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers, who have little experience of SR, a broad-based introduction to many of the different types of experiments conducted using SR. It is largely aimed at physical scientists, but life scientists are welcome to apply. The school gives the attendees the opportunity to obtain hands-on practical experience of performing an experiment on several of the Diamond beamlines. At least 14 Diamond beamlines will be particpating in the school.

The school will be co-located at Diamond and Jesus College, Oxford, with participants staying in Oxford.

The format of the school will be 2 days of lectures on SR methods, 2 days of experiments on the Diamond beamlines and on the final day there will be a symposium with 5 leading synchrotron practitioners talking about some of their research.

The SR School is free to attend and all accommodation and meals are provided free for the duration of the course. Students will need to fund their own travel and transport to the course.

If you have any further questions, please contact our events team on or 01235 778384

How to apply

The course is always over-subscribed, thus all registrants are required to complete the application form.  Priority will be given to those people in the earliest stage of their research career and who have definite plans to use Diamond. The strength of the application and the statement from the applicant's referee are crucial to Diamond in selecting attendees for the course. Given the expected over-subscription, registrants are expected to attend the entire course, thus if you apply please ensure you are available for the whole week.


The closing date for applications is the 25th May 2016. It is expected that applicants will be notified if they have obtained a place within 2 weeks of that date.

Invited Speakers - Symposium Day

Andrew Beale - University College  London

Claire Corkhill - University of Sheffield

Peter Lee - University of Manchester

Michael Walter - University of Bristol

Thorsten Hesjedal - University of Oxford

Topics covered in the course lectures

  • X-ray Scattering
  • Symmetry and Crystallolgraphy
  • The Diamond Synchrotron
  • X-ray optics and detectors
  • An introduction to the data analysis program DAWN

And the synchrotron use of:

  • Circular Dichroism
  • Infrared Microspectroscopy
  • Powder Diffraction
  • Resonant and Magnetic Scattering
  • Small Angle Scattering
  • Surface Diffraction
  • X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy
  • X-ray Imaging
  • X-ray Photoelectron Spectrocopy


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