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XAFS for Everyone [Paperback]

Scott Calvin

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20 Jun 2013 1439878633 978-1439878637

XAFS for Everyone provides a practical, thorough guide to x-ray absorption fine-structure (XAFS) spectroscopy for both novices and seasoned practitioners from a range of disciplines. The text is enhanced with more than 200 figures as well as cartoon characters who offer informative commentary on the different approaches used in XAFS spectroscopy.

The book covers sample preparation, data reduction, tips and tricks for data collection, fingerprinting, linear combination analysis, principal component analysis, and modeling using theoretical standards. It describes both near-edge (XANES) and extended (EXAFS) applications in detail. Examples throughout the text are drawn from diverse areas, including materials science, environmental science, structural biology, catalysis, nanoscience, chemistry, art, and archaeology. In addition, five case studies from the literature demonstrate the use of XAFS principles and analysis in practice. The text includes derivations and sample calculations to foster a deeper comprehension of the results.

Whether you are encountering this technique for the first time or looking to hone your craft, this innovative and engaging book gives you insight on implementing XAFS spectroscopy and interpreting XAFS experiments and results. It helps you understand real-world trade-offs and the reasons behind common rules of thumb.

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"The book is very timely … It is unique in covering theoretical background and experimental details to data analysis in a way that is easy to understand. It will be very valuable to anyone who is interested in using x-ray spectroscopy by helping them to better design and get more out of their experiments."
—Dr. Chi-Chang Kao, Director, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

"The author has found fun and engaging ways to explain details of XAFS that otherwise can seem so dry. I am sure that folks who use my beamline and software will love XAFS for Everyone."
—Dr. Bruce Ravel, National Institute of Standards and Technology

"A unique presentation with great value for readers and special emphasis on practical aspects … a ‘must have’ for XAFS scientists and beamlines."
—Prof. Mark C. Ridgway, Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Australian National University

"This book will be useful to graduate students, post docs, and researchers. I highly recommend it."
—Dr. Richard W. Strange, Molecular Biophysics, The University of Liverpool

About the Author

Scott Calvin is the chair of the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics at Sarah Lawrence College, where he teaches innovative courses, including crazy ideas in physics, rocket science, and steampunk physics. He is also a member of the principal research team for beamline X-11B at the National Synchrotron Light Source. Since 1998, he has been using XAFS to study systems as diverse as solar cells, magnetic nanoparticles, soil samples, battery cathodes, analogues to atmospheric dust particles, and pigments used in 18th century painting. He received a PhD in physics from Hunter College of the City University of New York.

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5.0 out of 5 stars XAFS for Everyone does the job 24 Sep 2013
By Dalton Abdala - Published on Amazon.com
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Looking for an excellent book to learn the fundamentals of XAFS, from data acquisition and analysis all the way to putting your work out for publication at a high impact journal (no joke!)? XAFS for Everyone will do the job!
This outstanding book will certainly get XAFS users through their most commum questions, from choosing the detection mode for data collection to picking up the most suitable analysis technique to get the most out of his/her data.
It has the ability to thoroughly explain complex concepts of X-rays physics to users of varied backgrounds.
Therefore I, on behalf of my very fellow XAFerS, am very thankful to Dr. Calvin for putting up such an excellent book at our disposal.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good content, it's really for everyone. 12 Oct 2013
By alex - Published on Amazon.com
Compared to other XAS books that just throw in many complicate equations without explaining them well, the author did a very good job in understanding the needs of different readers and explaining the subject. The content is well-organized and the use of different characters helps a lot. I would recommend the beginners to use this book with <<An Introduction to Synchrotron Radiation Techniques and Applications>> , in order to conduct a better XAFS experiment.

It's a pity that this book is not a hard copy, despite its nearly $100 price tag.
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