Books and Review Articles

There are a number of books and review articles about X-ray absorption that have been published over the years.  We list several here. See also


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  • Introduction to XAFS: A Practical Guide to X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectroscopy, Grant Bunker, Cambridge University Press 2010. This is a thorough and well-presented discussion of all aspects of XAFS. ISBN, Publisher, Amazon.
  • XAFS for Everyone, Scott Calvin, CRC Press, 2013. An amazing addition to the scientific literature, this book combines a rigorous yet practical guide to XAFS with a conversational tone and graphics that asks and then answers all manner of questions about XAFS.ISBN, Publisher, Amazon.
  • Elements of Modern X-ray Analysis, Jens Als-Nielsen, Des McMorrow. John Wiley & Sons, 2001. This book gives excellent overview of many of synchrotron X-ray methods. It incudes a brief but very good section on X-ray absorption, EXAFS, and dichroism. ISBN, Publisher, Amazon.
  • X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy for the Chemical and Materials Sciences, John Evans, John Wiley & Sons, 2018. ISBN, Publisher, Amazon.
  • XAFS Techniques for Catalysts, Nanomaterials, and Surfaces, Edited by Yasuhiro Iwasawa, Kiyotaka Asakura, and Mizuki Tada, Springer, 2017. ISBN, Publisher, Amazon.
  • X-Ray Absorption and X-Ray Emission Spectroscopy: Theory and Applications, Jeroen A. van Bokhoven and Carlo Lamberti, John Wiley & Sons, 2016. ISBN, Publisher, Amazon.
  • Core Level Spectroscopy of Solids (Advances in Condensed Matter Science), Frank de Groot and Akio Kotani, CRC Press, 2008, volume 6 of Advances in Condensed Matter Science. ISBN, Publisher, Amazon.
  • X-ray Absorption: Principles, Applications, Techniques of EXAFS, SEXAFS, and XANES, Edited by D.C. Koningsberger and R.Prins, John Wiley & Sons, 1988. volume 92 of Chemical Analysis. ISBN, Publisher, Amazon.

Review Articles, Articles in Series

  • Theoretical approaches to x-ray absorption fine structure, J. J. Rehr and R. C. Albers, Reviews of Modern Physics 72, pp. 621-892, 2000. DOI:10.1103/RevModPhys.72.621.
  • Analysis of Soils and Minerals Using X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy, S. D. Kelly, D. Hesterberg, D., and B. Ravel, in Methods of Soil Analysis, Part 5 -Mineralogical Methods, (A.L. Ulery and L.R. Drees, Eds.) p. 367. Soil Science Society of America, Madison, WI, USA, 2008. ISBN, Amazon
  • Fundamentals of XAFS, M. Newville in Spectroscopic Methods in Mineralology and Materials Sciences, (G.S. Henderson, D. R. Neuville, R. T. Downs, Eds) Reviews in Mineralogy & Geochemistry vol. 78, p 33, 2014. DOI:10.2138/rmg.2014.78.2.
  • X-ray Absorption Near-Edge Structure (XANES) Spectroscopy, G. S. Henderson, F. M. F. de Groot, B. J. A. Moulton in Spectroscopic Methods in Mineralology and Materials Sciences, (G.S. Henderson, D. R. Neuville, R. T. Downs, Eds) Reviews in Mineralogy & Geochemistry vol. 78, p 75, 2014. DOI:10.2138/rmg.2014.78.3.
  • Multiplet effects in X-ray spectroscopy, F. de Groot, Coordination Chemistry Reviews 249, pp 31-63, 2005. DOI:j.ccr.2004.03.018.
  • High resolution 1s core hole X-ray spectroscopy in 3d transition metal complexes – electronic and structural information, P. Glatzel and U. Bergmann, Coordination Chemistry Reviews 249, pp 65-95, 2005. DOI:10.1016/j.ccr.2004.04.011.
  • See also many other excellent articles in *Synchrotron Radiation in Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry*, E. I. Solomon, Editor, Coordination Chemistry Reviews 249, 2005. DOI:10.1016/S0010-8545(04)00294-2.