X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy Workshop

Mar 11. till Mar 13.

XAS Workshop March 2019

The workshop is intended for new users of Diamond spectroscopy beamlines with a basic understanding of X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS).
The workshop will include a brief introduction to the XAS stations at Diamond and how to process and analyse XAS data from a "starting from scratch" level.

11/03/20192019-03-11 - 13/03/20192019-03-13
Diamond Light Source, Oxfordshire, UK


Diamond Light Source will hold the 11th XAS analysis workshop in March 2019. The course will run from lunchtime on Monday 11th March until mid-afternoon on Wednesday 13th March.
The aim of the workshop is to teach new and nearly new users of the Diamond spectroscopy beamlines:
  • a brief introduction to the XAS stations at Diamond, 
  • how to process and analyse EXAFS data from a "starting from scratch" level (this is the main part of the course).
The course will be delivered by Diamond staff and consists of a mixture of lectures and workshop sessions designed to teach participants the basics of data processing and analysis using the latest PC versions of Athena and Artemis in the package Demeter.
The workshop aspect requires access to a laptop and attendees are requested to bring their own laptops, although a number of Diamond computers are available for applicants who don't have access to one. The programs are freely available in Windows and Linux form. It is possible to get them to run on a Mac but this requires some expertise.
There is no fee for the course. Meals and accommodation at Ridgeway House, the on-site guest house are also provided free of charge.  Applicants are required to cover the cost of their transport to and from Diamond. 



Successful applicants will be informed by the 11th February 2019.

Provisional Programme

Monday 11th March 2019
13:00 Lecture 1: XAS theory - Shu Hayama
13:30 Lecture 2: XAS experiment - Shu Hayama
14:00 Coffee break
14:15 Lecture 3: Athena - Giannantonio Cibin
15:15 Practice session 1
16:00 Lecture 4 Athena Part 2: PCA & LCF - Diego Gianolio
16:45 Practice session 2
18:00 End of day one
18:00 Dinner in Atrium
Tuesday 12th March 2019
09:00 Lecture 6: Artemis 1- Fred Mosselmans 
10:30 Coffee break
10:50 Practice session 3
12:15 Lunch
13:30 Lecture 7: Artemis 2 - Fred Mosselmans
14:45 Practice session 4
15:45 Coffee break
16:20 Lecture 7: Artemis 3 - Fred Mosselmans
17:00 Practice session 5
18:00 End of day two
18:00 Dinner in Atrium
Wednesday 13th March 2019
09:00 Lecture 8: Advanced topics 1- Fred Mosselmans
10:00 Coffee break
10:30 Practice session 6
11:30 Lecture 9: XANES, pre-edges – Michael Baker
12:00 Lunch
13:15 Lecture 10: Advanced XANES Analysis - Diego Gianolio
13:45 Practice session 7
15:00 End of workshop


Parking on Campus:

Due to a large number of building works on site, parking on the Harwell Campus is extremely limited and visitors’ parking cannot be guaranteed. We strongly recommend travelling by public transport, where possible, if you are attending an event at Diamond.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Find here more information on how to get to Diamond by Public Transport.


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