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LINXS XAS-School 2022

Hey, below you find the program from the 2021 run of the school. Unfortunately did I miss that they changed the application method for education beamtime. So we can not have the training part of the course before February. So the current  plan is to hold the next school during the first or second week of February. More details will come on this webpage once I have convinced the beamline to reserve me the time.

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Practical EXAFS and XANES,  

Hands on training in Design, Performance and Analysis and of XAS experiments 

Time:  Monday Nov 1st 2021 – Friday Nov 5th 2021 


The purpose of this course is to train new or early users to design, plan, prepare, perform and analyze an x-ray absorption spectroscopy experiment at a synchrotron beamline. The course contains three mayor elements: 

  • 17h Lectures/seminars including:
    • Creation, interaction and measurement with/of X-rays 
    • (Major focus) Concepts, Design and Analysis of XAS measurements 
    • Large scale facilities (Balder specifically), proposal and publication of scientific results 
  • 17h (Guided) Practical data analysis training. This analysis will be performed with freely available tools and is intended to prepare the future users for independent work. This practical work is performed on provided data chosen for a specific learning outcome which include: 
    • (Major Focus) EXAFS analysis of molecular and solid samples  
    • XANES analysis of molecular, solid and nano particulate samples 
    • Linear combination analysis in XANES/EXAFS of diverse mixed samples (earth, ash,…) and crystalline materials (e.g. CZTS) 
  • 7h (one Day) Practical (beamline) work including: 
    • Sample preparation 
    • Safety training 
    • MAXIV tour 
    • Measurement

The participants receive extended problems (about 12h working time) for continued work at the end of the initial one-week course. The analysis and discussion (guided by a consultation time) can be presented as home-exam to receive a certificate for 3 ETCS credits or a certificate of participation. 


Target Group: The Course is concepted for students at the PhD or Postdoctoral level with a Natural Sciences background.  


Course teachers: 

Jens Uhlig, Lector at Lund University at Chemical Physics.  

Lindsay Richard Merte, Senior Lector at Malmö University, Faculty of Technology and Society 

Kajsa Sigfridsson Clauss, Justus Just, Konstantin Klementiev,  Beamline Scientists at Balder and  

Susan Nehzati Postdoc at Balder  


Course: LINXS (Lund Institute for X-ray and Neutron Science) and Chemical Center Lund University 

Experiments: Balder Beamline at the MaxIV laboratories (Thursday 4th of November) 

Online: We will try to play in the course and provide online access. 


Costs The course is free of charge for the participants. Due to restrictions during the present days can we offer 24 places for this first course. We are planning to hold this course annually. Linxs will cover the costs for lunch and the course dinner. 


Registration: Please fill out the inquiry below.

Deadline for registration: 20th of September 2021 

The teachers will award the accessible places and inform you about your placement on the main or reserve list before the 30th of September.  

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