Intrinsic deviations in fluorescence yield detected x-ray absorption spectroscopy: the case of the transition metal L₂,₃ edges.

Research paper by Reshmi R Kurian, Kristjan K Kunnus, Philippe P Wernet, Sergei M SM Butorin, Pieter P Glatzel, Frank M F FM de Groot

Indexed on: 13 Oct '12Published on: 13 Oct '12Published in: Journal of physics. Condensed matter : an Institute of Physics journal


Fluorescence yield (FY) detected x-ray absorption spectra (XAS) of 3d transition metal ions are calculated from the integrated 2p3d resonant x-ray emission spectra. The resulting FY-XAS spectra are compared with the normal XAS spectra corresponding to the absorption cross section and significant deviations between the two spectra are found. This implies that the assumption that the FY-XAS spectrum identifies with the XAS spectrum is disproved. Especially for the early transition metal systems the differences between the FY-XAS and XAS are large, due to the opening of inelastic decay channels from selected x-ray absorption final states. The theoretical calculations show that the difference between FY detection and XAS is largest for the detection in depolarized geometry. The calculations are compared with experimental spectra for oxides and coordination compounds for Fe(2+), Co(2+) and Ni(2+) systems. The implications for the sum rules in XAS and magnetic circular dichroism experiments are discussed.