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Short Course: Introduction to X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy


Every year NSLS-II offers a 3-day training course to those interested in learning about the use of x-ray absorption spectroscopy methods. This year, the course will be offered on November 6, 2018–November 8, 2019. It continues the annual tradition of gathering a group of scientists, active in the field, to share their expertise with those interested in learning about the use of x-ray spectroscopy methods in their research.

The course will be useful for those scientists' who want to acquire basic knowledge about XAFS technique and its many applications to fundamental and applied sciences. The course will include lectures, software demonstrations, and data analysis sessions. X-ray spectroscopy is one of the main techniques of the DOE light sources, and the course supports the DOE mission by educating new users in the applications of this technique.

The course will be open to 40 participants, selected based on their application materials.

  • Tuesday, November 6 and Wednesday, November 7 will be devoted to lectures and demonstrations of the software packages. Hands on data collection at the QAS beamline will be planned on one of those days.
  • Thursday, November 8 will be devoted to the practical session, in which participants will practice problem solving methods discussed in the previous days. Registered participants will have an option to analyze the data collected on November 6 or 7 and/or their own projects.


  • Syed Khalid (BNL)
  • Steve Ehrlich (BNL)
  • Fernando Vila (U. Washington)
  • Anatoly Frenkel (BNL/Stony Brook U.)
  • Ned Marinkovic (Columbia U.)
  • Klaus Attenkofer (BNL)


Click on the "Course & BNL Information" tab above to find accommodation information.

  • Yuanyuan Li (SBU)
  • Carlo Lamberti (U. Torino)
  • Silvia Bordiga (U. Oslo)
  • Kirill Lomachenko (ESRF)
  • Robert Gordon (SFU)
  • Faisal Alamgir (Georgia Tech)

Note: This event falls under Exemption D (Formal classroom training held at Federal facilities, which does not exhibit indicia of a formal conference as outlined in the Conference/Event Exemption Request Form.) Participation is contingent on application acceptance.

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