Available student project - Simulation of x-ray scattering from nano-objects

Research fields

  • Topological and Structural Science
  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
SAXS measurement and MC calculation of conical nanopores

Project details

Our group extensively utilises synchrotron small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) to study nanometer sized objects such as high energy ion tracks, nanoparticles and nanoporous membranes. The complex structures of these objects often require numerical methods to model the observed scattering patterns. We are developing a computer code (using Python) that simulates scattering from nano objects based on numerical methods. The project seeks to extend the code by including new structural models, enhancing the data fitting procedures and testing the code. Development of the code will be accompanied by measurement and analysis of appropriate nano-objects, in particular ion tracks and nano pores. 

While this project is predominately comutational, the student will be involved in all experimental aspects of the sample preparation and analysis, in partcular with the SAXS measurements at the state-of-the-art Australian Synchrotron.

Required background

condensed matter physics, computational skills

Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
  • 3rd year special project
  • PhB (2nd or 3rd year)
  • Honours or MSc project
  • Phd or MPhil

Contact supervisor

Kluth, Patrick profile

Other supervisor(s)

Notthoff, Christian profile

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