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X-ray Spectroscopy

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  • X-ray Spectroscopy is a broadly used method to investigate atomic local structure as well as electronic states. Very generally, an X-ray strikes an atom and excites a core electron that can either be promoted to an unoccupied level, or ejected from the atom; both of these processes will create a core hole.

    • EXAFS: Theory
    • X-Rays
    • XANES: Application
      XANES, short for X-ray Absorption Near-Edge Structure, is a subset of X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy. The absorption edge corresponding to the liberation of a core electron from an element will exhibit several identifiable features which change depending on the chemical environment of the element being probed. The study and modelling of the characteristics of near-edge features helps answer questions about the oxidation state, coordination, and spin state of the probed element.
    • XANES: Theory
    • XAS: Theory