[Ifeffit] Is there a Artemis User's Guide like the Athena?

Anatoly Frenkel frenkel at bnl.gov
Fri Dec 14 10:17:02 CST 2007

What would be really useful is to make a searchable database with links
to original publications (many of them are more than 20 years old but
are still the best resources on many issues) on many subjects discussed
in this list. 
For example: 
Number of independent data points: see Stern and Heald arcticle in
Handbook on Synchrotron Radiation, Ed Stern PRB article, etc.
Thickness effects: Kim and Stern PRB
Cumulants: G. Bunker, Nucl. Instrum. Methods in 1980s
Background removal: Newville, Livins, PRB etc.
Multiple scattering collinear paths and angular dependence of f(k): Lee
and Pendry PRB (1975?)
Transferability of photoelectron phase: Citrin, Kincaid, et al, Phys Rev
B, 1970s
(I may be wrong in the years and order of authors, but this this the
It would be so useful if someone (I cannot do it but will be happy to
help) took care of putting together a backbone version of it and set it
up as, say, wiki (which is  Bruce's idea as I once brought it up to
him). I am sure most of us will be happy to contribute references that
we know. Thus, such database may become an exhaustive resource of
information that should be a primer for every XAFS user. 


-----Original Message-----
From: ifeffit-bounces at millenia.cars.aps.anl.gov
[mailto:ifeffit-bounces at millenia.cars.aps.anl.gov] On Behalf Of Richard
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2007 11:02 AM
To: XAFS Analysis using Ifeffit
Cc: kfwang at henu.edu.cn; wang.kefan at gmail.com
Subject: Re: [Ifeffit] Is there a Artemis User's Guide like the Athena?


As someone who was in your place 2 years ago, one thing Bruce mentioned
was reading the papers of people you find on the mail list, however he
didn't specifically mention searching the mail list.  When I had
questions, the answers were often already discussed on the mail-list.
you're not a member of the mail-list, I highly recommend you join.  As I
currently struggle writing a how-to manual that's supposed to shorten
XAFS learning curve for our group, I find myself searching the mail-list
archives often to see how different people approach different issues.

Good luck on your quest!

>> Hi Bruce
>> I have spent 1 month to learn the Athena by using your "ATHENA User's
>> Guide"
>> updated at Aug. 31,2007. I am very satisfied with it and thank you
>> much. Now I am learning the ARTEMIS. However, till now I can not find
>> suitable guide for a beginner. The PPT wrote by Shelly is not
>> for
>> me. And the "artemisdoc.pod" is also puzzled me. Is there a Artemis
>> User's
>> Guide like the Athena?
>> Thanks
>> Kefan
>> --
>> Kefan Wang
>> School of Physics and Electronics
>> Henan University, 475004
>> E-mail: kfwang at henu.edu.cn; wang.kefan at gmail.com
> Hi Kefan,
> I suspect that my answer to this question will be of broad interest,
> so I am taking the liberty of CCing the Ifeffit mailing list.
> Thank you for the very kind words regaridng Athena.  I am pleased that
> you found the Athena User's Guide so helpful.  Sadly, I have not yet
> written a document of comparable extent for Artemis.  I certainly
> understand that there is a need for comparable user guide, but finding
> the time and energy to write one has not yet happened.  Writing the
> Athena User's Guide was fairly exhausting and I need to take a break
> before embarking on a similarly large document for Artemis.
> I have to defend Shelly's various presentations.  I think they have a
> lot of good information in them.  I think that using them along with
> other resources can give you enough of an overview of Artemis to get
> started.  I strongly recommend that you work through Scott Calvin's
> ZnO example, which can be foun at
>    http://cars9.uchicago.edu/iffwiki/HoraeSoftware#contrib
> ZnO is somewhat of an idealized example -- many of us work on
> problems that are pretty far removed from a simple crystal like ZnO.
> However, Scott's example is quite thorough.  Working through it while
> carefully following his comments in the project journals will
> introduce many of Artemis' features.
> As for the pod file -- those are the files that get displayed when you
> click on one of the documentation buttons from within Artemis.  I
> acknowledge that they are thin on details and somewhat out of date.
> The last bit of advice I can give you is to read the papers written by
> the names you see on the Ifeffit mailing list.  The folks who offer
> answers to question on the list are also some of the best
> practitioners of EXAFS analysis using Feff.  Although it might seem
> funny to read papers by Anatoly Frenkel or Paul Fons if you are
> studying environmental science (or Shelly Kelly's if you are a
> materials scientist), I strongly recommend doing so anyway.  Their
> science might be pretty far away from what you do, but the EXAFS
> analysis strategies are quite instructive and are certainly
> transferable.
> I know that is not the answer you were hoping for, but it may be
> helpful nonetheless.
> Regards,
> B
> --
>  Bruce Ravel  ----------------------------------- bravel at bnl.gov
>  National Institute of Standards and Technology
>  Synchrotron Methods Group at Brookhaven National Laboratory
>  Building 535A
>  Upton NY, 11973
>  My homepage:    http://cars9.uchicago.edu/~ravel
>  EXAFS software: http://cars9.uchicago.edu/~ravel/software/exafs/
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