Garth Williams


Garth Williams is a physicist and beam line scientist at NSLS-II supporting experiments on the Sub-micron Resolution X-ray Spectroscopy (SRX) instrument located at 5-ID. He specializes in instrumentation and method development aimed at advancing X-ray imaging techniques.

His research focuses on imaging methods enabled by a comprehensive understanding of the complex amplitude and coherence properties of the very bright x-ray beams created by modern x-ray user facilities. He applies coherent diffractive imaging (CDI) methods to samples ranging from single biomolecules to macroscopic crystals.

Professional Activities

Phone: 344-8747


  • Ph.D. 2004: Experimental Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. 2000: Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S. 1998: Physics & Pure Mathematics, University of Akron


  • IEPD task force, lead for CDI Beamline
  • Coherent diffractive imaging with imperfect coherence
  • Routine advanced and multi-modal imaging

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