Beyond Rg: Materials SAXS Short Course 2017

April 17 - 21, 2017
Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory


Course Materials (talks, examples, pictures) = 400Mb zip file


SAS imagesThe objective of the Materials Small-Angle Scattering Short Course 2017 is to raise the capabilities of the materials small-angle scattering (SAS) and grazing-incidence SAXS (GISAXS) community by providing an intermediate-level course for those in need of a better understanding of SAS & GISAXS theory, and techniques utilized at the APS.

This SAXS short course offers an overview of small-angle scattering (SAS, including x-ray and neutron scattering) theory, SAS methods and capabilities for materials science, physics, chemistry, polymers etc - but NO bioSAXS (solution scattering and protein SAXS). Course will include basics on data reduction and hands on course on data analysis tools to enable the community to submit highly effective beam-time proposals and to facilitate better utilization of the resources at the APS.

The course includes lectures, software practice, and experimental session. Experimental session will be carried out at selected APS small-angle x-ray scattering beamlines demonstrating the use and capabiltiies of the instruments. Example data will be provided for software practice. Lecturers will be available during software practice and experimental sessions for one-on-one discussion.

Participants are expected to have attained at least a doctoral-level education and are encouraged to have a defined experimental program needing small-angle scattering. Participants need to to bring their own notebook computers to participate on the software part. Either Windows or Mac notebook computers are required for materials course, for preliminary hardware requirements see here : Hardware & software requirements. FInal requirements will be provided to users ahead of the course.

Registration fee: $70
Number of participants is limited to 30-35. If needed, organizers reserve the right to select participants.

Registration page:

Participants will be responsible for their own transportation, accommodations, and meal costs. Suggested logging is on site (3 minutes walk from APS) Argonne Guest House:

Argonne Guest House
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Avenue - Building 460
Argonne, IL 60439
Phone: 800.632.8990 or 630.739.6000
Fax: 630.739.1000

For answers to registration questions contact:

Constance A. Vanni
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Ave., Bldg. 401
Argonne, IL U.S.A.

For technical questions or for more information contact:

Jan Ilavsky
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Ave., Bldg. 433A
Argonne, IL U.S.A.


APS X-ray science division


Monday and Wednesday General lectures (theory, applications, software practice, etc.)
Tuesday Experiments at SAXS & USAXS instruments
Thursday and Friday

Software (hands on) course for particpants, discussions with beamline scientists


Fundamentals of Small-Angle Scattering
Theories and Applications of SAXS and GISAXS
SAXS Sample Preparation
Small Angle Scattering Instrumentation
Specific topics of SAXS applications inChemistry, Polymers, Materials science etc.
Software course
Strategies to Write Successful Beam-Time Proposals


Jan Ilavsky, XSD/ Argonne
Soenke Seifert, XSD/Argonne
Steven Weigand, DND-CAT/Northwestern
Byeongdu Lee, XSD/Argonne
and other APS XSD and APS CAT's staff members



12-ID-B (XSD,

Details on the beamlines:


Irena & Nika packages (