December Newsletter

NEWSLETTER                                    DECEMBER, 2017

Community News: XAFS 2018 registration opens December 1


Registration for XAFS 2018 opens on December 1. This latest iteration of the tri-annual XAFS conference will be held in Krawkow on July 22-27, 2018. See XAFS2018 for more information.


Manufacturing Update: Max Planck Institute and the University of Sheffield

Two easyXES100-extended instruments are being fabricated and will enter commissioning with x-rays before the end of the calendar year, with delivery scheduled for early 2018.  One of these systems is going to Prof. Serena DeBeer’s group at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion. The easyXES100-extended will help accelerate work on valence-to-core XES and several other problems of contemporary interest for inorganic and metalorganic chemistry.  The other spectrometer will be going to Prof. Neil Hyatt at the University of Sheffield where it will be used to research management of radioactive waste and development of advanced nuclear materials.


Two recent articles use the seemingly unstoppable force of neural-network methods to attack the immovable object posed by the XANES inverse problem.  The results hold high promise, perhaps especially for future industrial uses of benchtop XAFS and for accelerating user feedback at quick-XAFS beamlines.  For a survey of the situation, see the LinkedIn article “Machine Learning vs XAFS Interpretation“.


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