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X-ray magnetic circular dichroism
X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) is a difference spectrum of two x-ray absorption spectra (XAS), one taken with left circularly polarized light, and one with right circularly polarized light. By closely analyzing the XMCD spectrum, information can be obtained on the magnetic properties of the atom, such as its spin and orbital magnetic moment.
Additional recommended knowledge
In the case of transition metals such as iron, cobalt, and nickel, the absorption spectra for XMCD are usually measured at the L-edge. This corresponds to the process in the iron case: with iron, a 2p electron is excited to a 3d state by an x-ray of about 700 eV. Because the 3d electron states are the origin of the magnetic properties of the elements, the spectra contain information on the magnetic properties.
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