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About this website 

This website provides a free source of animations related to x-ray physics and synchrotron science. The movies were created using matlab. Associated with each animation is a description of the physics, parameters, and, if required, relevant equations involved in its creation. Most of the movies also link to their matlab codes. I am not a good coder, so please feel free to modify or rewrite the codes as you see fit. I would, however, appreciate a citation (this website URL would do fine) if you use any of the movies or make minor adaptations to the code. 

Most of the science underpinning these animations can be found in my introductory textbook “Introduction to synchrotron radiation - techniques and applications” (2nd Edition, 2019, John Wiley & Sons, Print version ISBN: 978-1-119-28039-2, e-book ISBN: 978-1-119-28038-5). Note also that the division of the animations into six different categories follows closely the contents of the textbook. 

Phil Willmott is the project leader for photon science of the upgrade to DLSR status of the Swiss Light Source at the Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland. He has taught elective courses in surface science and laser physics, and presently regularly offers introductory courses in synchrotron science and techniques, including, most recently, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) based on the contents of his introductory textbook. He is a titular professor in the Physics Institute of Zurich University and a physicist with over 25 years' experience in diverse aspects of experimental physics and materials science. 


When not immersed in the world of synchrotrons, x-rays, teaching, and dodgy Matlab coding, Phil enjoys drawing/painting, photography, and dabbles in videography. He also creates sculptures, mainly from metal and metal scrap. He is a keen hiker and long-distance walker


The website was created using the Sparkle web-design app (V3) on macOS Big Sur.