XAFS for Everyone

Scott Calvin

May 20, 2013 by CRC Press
Textbook - 457 Pages - 9 Color & 325 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439878637 - CAT# K13676


Add to Wish List
FREE Standard Shipping!


  • Offers an accessible, how-to guide on XAFS experiments, analysis, and modeling
  • Uses cartoon characters and easy-to-follow illustrations to introduce multiple viewpoints without distracting from the main narrative
  • Describes practical experimental aspects, including how to identify and mitigate problems
  • Contains case studies that illustrate real-world applications in a variety of fields
  • Discusses the important and often overlooked technique of principal component analysis
  • Addresses error analysis and how to overcome statistical challenges
  • Requires one year of undergraduate-level physics and assumes some knowledge of calculus



XAFS for Everyone provides a practical, thorough guide to x-ray absorption fine-structure (XAFS) spectroscopy for both novices and seasoned practitioners from a range of disciplines. The text is enhanced with more than 200 figures as well as cartoon characters who offer informative commentary on the different approaches used in XAFS spectroscopy.

The book covers sample preparation, data reduction, tips and tricks for data collection, fingerprinting, linear combination analysis, principal component analysis, and modeling using theoretical standards. It describes both near-edge (XANES) and extended (EXAFS) applications in detail. Examples throughout the text are drawn from diverse areas, including materials science, environmental science, structural biology, catalysis, nanoscience, chemistry, art, and archaeology. In addition, five case studies from the literature demonstrate the use of XAFS principles and analysis in practice. The text includes derivations and sample calculations to foster a deeper comprehension of the results.

Whether you are encountering this technique for the first time or looking to hone your craft, this innovative and engaging book gives you insight on implementing XAFS spectroscopy and interpreting XAFS experiments and results. It helps you understand real-world trade-offs and the reasons behind common rules of thumb.


We provide complimentary e-inspection copies of primary textbooks to instructors considering our books for course adoption.

Request an
e-inspection copy

Share this Title