Inner-shell spectroscopy: An atomic view

Peter Rez

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The motivation behind the development of inner-shell electron spectroscopies is to provide techniques for microelemental analysis. This requires that the ionization edges are atomic in form and that atomic cross-sections can be used. The basic atomic theory for inner-shell ionization by fast electrons is reviewed and applied to the calculation of edge shapes in electron energy loss spectroscopy as well as to calculation of partial and total cross-sections for quantitative analysis. The use of purely atomic theories to describe white line features due to excitation to unfilled bound states is also discussed. Finally a brief outline is given of those areas in which the atomic view fails, due to either diffraction effects of the fast electron or scattering of the low-energy ejected electron.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-23
Number of pages8
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Apr 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation


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