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.
Additions to the collection are labelled with a “new” corner banner for approximately six months after they were uploaded.
A list of external matlab codes and functions used in some of my codes in this website are listed here. Some of these I have adapted a little to better suit my purposes.
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 (not including “Sundry animations”) 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, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) based on the contents of his introductory textbook and provided through the EPFL. He is a titular professor in the Physics Institute of Zurich University and a physicist with over 35 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) originally on macOS Big Sur.