X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) Data Analysis Workshop 2024

May 29. till May 31.

X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) Data Analysis Workshop 2024

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 XAS/XANES/EXAFS but it will mainly focus on how to process and analyse EXAFS data from a "starting from scratch" level.

The main aim of this workshop is to train new users to effectively process and analyze their data.

29/05/20242024-05-29 - 31/05/20242024-05-31
Diamond Light Source, Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire (UK)
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The workshop will take place at Diamond Light Source from the early afternoon on Wednesday 29th May until mid-afternoon on Friday 31st May. 

The aim of the workshop is to teach new and nearly-new users of the Diamond Light Source spectroscopy beamlines how to process and analyse their data.

Many users of the beamlines have limited experience in XAS and often struggle with interpreting their results. the course is a mixture of lectures and hands-on sessions designed to teach participants the basics of data processing and analysis and the workshop has been successfully held since 2011.

The workshop will be deilvered by Diamond Light source staff and will consists of a mixture of lectures and worskhop 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 requires access to a laptop and attendees are requested to bring their own, although a number of computers are available for those attendees who don't have access to one. 

The programs used for the workshop are freely available in Windows, Linux and Mac.

Provisional Agenda

Wednesday 29th May

13:00-13:30 XAS Theory    
13:30-14:00 XAS experiment 
14:00-14:10 Break/PC set-up
14:10-15:00 Athena 
15:00-15:20 Coffee Break
15:20-16:00 Practice session 1
16:00-17:00 Athena Part 2 XANES analysis, PCA & LCF
17:00-18:00 Practice session 2
18:00 End of day one. Dinner at DISH


Thursday 30th May

09:00-10:00 Starting Artemis 
10:00-10:20 Coffee Break
10:20-11:00 Starting Artemis continued 
11:00-12:00 Practice session 3
12:00-13:00 Lunch Break
13:00-14:00 Artemis: real example 1
14:00-15:00 Practice session 4
15:00-15:20 Coffee Break
15:20-16:20 Artemis: real example 2
16:20-18:00 Practice session 5
18:00 End of day two. Dinner in the Atrium


Friday 31st May

09:00-10:00 Advanced topics 1
10:00-10:20 Coffee Break
10:20-11:20 Practice session 6
11:20-12:20 Advanced XANES Analysis
12:20-13:20 Lunch Break
13:20-14:00 CONEXS Web Portal for XANES Analysis 
14:00-15:00 Practice session 7
15:00 End of workshop


There are limited spaces to attend this event, therefore access is subject to an application process.

Applications for the XAS Workshop are now open, until 17:00 (BST) on Monday 22nd April 2024.


Applicants will be notified of the outcome week commencing Monday 29th April 2024.

Attendance, accommodation and transport

For all successfull applicants, attendance to this workshop will be free of charge. 

As part of the registration to the event, all lunches, dinners and refreshments will be provided (From Wednesday 29th to Friday 31st May).

Two nights of accommodation (check-in Wednesday 29th May, check-out Friday 31st May) will be also provided at the local guesthouse, The Ridgeway House (3 mins walking from Diamond).

All attendees are required to arrange and cover the cost of their transfers to and from Diamond Light Source. 

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If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

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