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Bruce Ravel’s XAS Education Materials


These folders contain the LaTeX source for my talks. All talks use LaTeX and the Beamer LaTeX class. All images are included, usually as .png or .jpg files. Source material (e.g. .svg, GIMP .xcf, LibreOffice .odg, Xfig .fig) are deposited for some images and must be converted to PDF, png, or jpg.

See also the XAS Education github page.

PDF files of the talks can be found at SpeakerDeck.

foldertitle of talk
ATEAAdvanced Topics In EXAFS Analysis
ExperimentThe XAFS Experiment: Instrumentation, Sample Preparation, and Experiment Design
FeS2The discussion following an Artemis demonstration
i2xInterpreting XANES Data
iissIntroduction to Inner Shell Spectroscopies
methyltinAn Artemis example, supplement to a lecture/demo
noxtalModeling non-crystalline samples
pimstA Practical Introduction to Multiple Scattering Theory
secondlectureAn introductory lecture for an XAS short course
selfabsUnderstanding self-absorption in fluorescence XAS
CLTThe central limit theorem and noise in EXAFS data
RTThe Ramsauer-Townsend effect in EXAFS analysis


These folders contain the XAS and structural data used in the talks. All these examples can be downloaded from this zip file.

Au+CyanobacteriaLCF example using gold(III) chloride reduced to gold metal
Cr2O3The Cr2O3 data from the CLT talk
Cr standardsCr 3+ and 6+ oxide standards
Cu metalCopper foil at 3 temperatures + crystal data
EuTiO3Data at several temperatures, Ti K, and Eu L3 edges
Fe foilIron foil, 3 scans, 60 K, miscalibrated energy
Fe standardsAn Athena project file + several data files with various Fe standards
FeS2FeS2 transmission EXAFS + crystal data
Fuzzy DegeneracyZirconolite data from
GeSbA single scan of a thin GeSb on silicon, p. 6 ATEA
GermaniumCrystalline and amorphous Ge data + crystal data
HgDNAMerged scans of data and control for HgDNA example, p.7 ATEA
MethyltinMonomethyl tin trichloride + dimethyl tin dichloride + structure data
PbTiO3Ti K edge of PbTiO3 as a peak fitting example
Self AbsorptionData demonstrating self-absorption: Fe, Fe73Ga27, sulfate, zirconolite
Uranyl on BiomassUranyl acetate in equilibrium with biomass
XtalCrystal structure examples

Other folders

  • sty/
    • Copies of my customizations of the progressbar Beamer theme by Sylvain Bouveret
    • common copyright statement, author information, date, common frames, etc

To use the style files, the TEXINPUTS environment variable must be set with a line like this either in the .bashrc file or at the command line:

export TEXINPUTS=".:$HOME/TeX/XAS-Education/sty/:"

where $HOME/TeX would be replaced by the location of the local XAS-Education repository.

To use the copyright, author, and date file, put these in the main .tex file of a talk

 \include{XX.tex}  % where XX=(copyright|author|date)

Recommended reading

The following are some of my favorite papers covering the ins and outs of advanced EXAFS analysis:


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