The author has written a very accessible and engaging reference for X-ray absorption spectroscopy, which will be of great interest to graduate students in the chemical and materials sciences as well as to image professionals.

Beyond the introductory concepts on X-ray absorption and fine structures, the reader can expect a wide range of experimental methods, including high-energy-resolution fluorescence detection and X-ray emission spectroscopy. Furthermore, those readers interested in resolution issues will find excellent coverage on focused-beam microscopies and combined techniques like X-ray free-electron lasers.

This reference also includes a useful chapter on data analysis and simulations, to support the structural analysis for the extended X-ray absorption fine structure, X-ray absorption near-edge structure and X-ray emission spectroscopy. The author has provided engaging questions at the end of each chapter and carefully addressed case studies, which apply imaging modalities to natural, environmental and heritage material.

Review by Axel Mainzer Koenig, CEO, 21st Century Data Analysis, a division of Koenig & Associates, Inc. Portland, Ore., USA

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