2016 Liquid Surface X-ray Scattering School: Data Analysis

This year, ChemMatCARS sponsored its third Liquid Surface and X-ray Scattering School (LSXS) held at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) on May 12-13.  This year’s school focused on data analysis methods.  There were 26 students from ten different institutions in attendance.  Students ranged in experience from undergraduates to post-docs.  Multiple techniques were covered including X-ray reflectivity (XR), grazing incidence diffraction (GID), X-ray fluorescence near total reflection (XFNTR), and X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy (XPCS).  One student exclaimed, “For me the most beneficial part was learning the theory behind the x-ray experiments, getting an intuition for what the data means and how to interpret it, and learning about how thery’re applied to various systems/applications.   I also learned about the kind of research that other users are doing”.