Novel Materials Laboratory

Department of Physics

Department of Chemistry

Division of Materials Science and Engineering

Soft X-Ray Absorption

In the x-ray absorption experiment, a solid is illuminated with a monochromatic beam of x-rays.  Core electrons are excited into the conduction band of the solid, and the resulting current measured in the variant known as total electron yield.  Alternatively, the total fluorescent yield can be measured.  In both cases, the conduction band partial density of states can often be measured.