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X-ray absorption and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering in the rare earths

Research paper by Michel van Veenendaal, Robert Benoist

Indexed on: 07 Mar '97Published on: 07 Mar '97Published in: Physics - Materials Science



Abstract

This paper makes a comparison between x-ray absorption (XAS) and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) in the rare earths. Atomic calculations are given for 2p -> 4f and 2p -> 5d XAS. The latter calculation includes the contraction and expansion of the 5d orbitals resulting from the complete exchange interaction with the 4f electrons. The radiative decay of the XAS final states is described for the situations where the core hole created in the absorption process is filled by a valence electron or by an electron from a shallower core level. RIXS spectra, 4f^n -> _{3d} 4f^{n+1} -> 4f^n,integrated over the outgoing photon energy (fluorescence yield) are compared with 3d -> 4f XAS. Sum rules related to XAS and RIXS and their applicability are discussed.