Development of light-modulated XAFS spectroscopy

Kaoru Okamoto, Kenji Kohdate, Kensuke Nagai, Jun Miyawaki, Hiroshi Kondoh, Toshihiko Yokoyama, Akihiro Nojima, Toshiaki Ohta

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The light-modulation method was applied to XAFS spectroscopy as a useful tool for electronic and structural studies of light-excited states. The visible light for electronic excitation was modulated by an optical chopper and the concomitant change in the X-ray absorbance was extracted by a lock-in amplifier. It is essential to reduce any noise arising from several sources, especially those generated by the X-ray monochromator. Fe and Co K-edge XANES and EXAFS spectra were measured using the present approach for spin transition compounds. The light-modulated XAFS method is found to be applicable to systems with an excited-state ratio of less than several percent. Detailed discussion is also given concerning quantitative measurements, including the signal amplitude and phase shift information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-247
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Synchrotron Radiation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2003 May 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Light-induced excited-state spin transitions
  • Photomodulation method
  • Relaxation
  • Spin-crossover complex
  • XAFS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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    Okamoto, K., Kohdate, K., Nagai, K., Miyawaki, J., Kondoh, H., Yokoyama, T., Nojima, A., & Ohta, T. (2003). Development of light-modulated XAFS spectroscopy. Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 10(3), 242-247.