Tutorials, Books, and other Resources


Many of the Training Workshops and Short Courses will host tutorial materials. In fact, most of the links to presentations here are from training workshops.

A partial list of external websites with introductory and tutorial pages on XAFS

Some slides from oral presentations hosted here (PDF format except where noted):

  • XAFS Overview from Matt Newville, University of Chicago. Slides from an overview of XAFS.

  • Fundamentals of XAFS from Matt Newville, University of Chicago. A longer (~40 page) writeup of notes and discussion of the basics of XAFS.

  • Basics of EXAFS Processing from Shelly Kelly, UOP. Introducing the basics of processing chi(k) data in Athena.

  • Basics of EXAFS Data Analysis from Shelly Kelly, UOP. Introducing the basics of modeling EXAFS spectra in Artemis.

  • Introduction to XAFS from Yaning Xie, Senior Researcher at Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility (BSRF) and Institute of High Energy Physics, Beijing, China.


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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 link

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 Mineralogy 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.