[Ifeffit] Truncating signal

Julian Ehwald jehwald at gmail.com
Wed May 2 10:59:13 CDT 2018

Hi Matt,


Thanks for the superfast answer! I’ll see then if I can fit something in Artemis with the new exafs spectra that seems realistic. The material is Li2IrO3, Oxygen K-edge at around 531 eV. 


Best, Julian

Von: Ifeffit [mailto:ifeffit-bounces at millenia.cars.aps.anl.gov] Im Auftrag von Matt Newville
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 2. Mai 2018 17:51
An: XAFS Analysis using Ifeffit <ifeffit at millenia.cars.aps.anl.gov>
Betreff: Re: [Ifeffit] Truncating signal


Hi Julian,


On Wed, May 2, 2018 at 6:32 AM, Julian Ehwald <jehwald at gmail.com <mailto:jehwald at gmail.com> > wrote:

Hi all,


I have basic question on background removal in Athena. My data has some strong changes very close to the absorption edge, and if I start the background removal at k=0, the spline is not able to follow the signal for higher k-values (even at Rbkg=1.7 or similar). The background then oscillates slowly (4 A^-1) around my signal, generating huge peaks in the low regions of chi(R). If I set the spline range to begin at k=2.7 only (around 28eV above absorption edge) then I get rid of it. Now my question in general is, do I loose essential information about the nearest neighbours this way, respectively is that a common thing to do?


Best, Julian



It should be fine to start the background as high as k=2.7 Ang^-1, though I think most of find that we don't really need to do that very often.  You will lose that part of the chi(k), but that part of the spectrum is really XANES, and EXAFS analysis usually starts at around 2.5 to 3.0 Ang^-1 anyway.    And, since we typically k-weight by k, k^2, or k^3, that de-emphasizes the low-k part of the spectrum anyway.  So, you don't really lose much information about the near-neighbor coordination.

It might point to a different or weirder problem (you didn't say which edge you were working with, or where on the spectrum E0 was set), but I'd say that it is probably fine. 



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