XAS Training Courses

Organizing an EXAFS training course

I am frequently asked to do EXAFS training courses. This page outlines my requirements for agreeing to do a course at your institution.

I am a busy guy. Between research responsibilities and doing my part to keep X23A2 operating, I don't have a lot of free time for EXAFS training courses. In a typical year I can get away once or twice for such things. Consequently, if you are interested in organizing a course, you should contact me well in advance of your target date.

Courses are typically about 3 days long. Shorter or longer agendas can be prepared and this material can be incorporated into a workshop involving other instructors. A typical course looks like this:

First morning
  • An introduction to Athena. This includes a thorough explanation of the Autobk background removal algorithm and a firm grounding in the basic data processing features of Athena.
First afternoon
  • Free time for the students to practice using Athena with examples and with real data
Second morning
  • An introduction to EXAFS data analysis using Artemis, using an example such as methyl tin. This example is simple enough that we can focus of the mechanics of using Artemis while still interesting enough to get a feel for how Feff works and for some of the advanced features in Artemis.

Second afternoon
  • Free time for the students to practice using Artemis with examples and with real data
Third morning
  • An example of Artemis from my own research. This is usually something I am working on at the time and is intended to demonstrate more of Artemis' advanced features.
Third afternoon
  • Free time for the students to practice using Artemis with examples and with real data
Other possible topics
  • (1) XANES fitting using Athena. (2) More examples of Artemis to cover multiple data sets, multiple Feff calculations, constraints and restraints, polarization dependence, and so on. (3) A lecture about Feff theory for the experimentalist. (4) Lectures about the basics of XAS experimentation.

Organizational requirements

  1. I need a formal invitation with the letterhead of your institution and a signature. This can be a emailed PDF file or hardcopy mailed by post -- which ever is more convenient.
  2. I expect that you will cover all incidental expenses, including travel and hotel. This should be clearly stated with estimated costs in the invitation letter. If you wish for me to make travel arrangements and to reimburse me after my arrival, that is fine. I prefer to be reimbursed in US dollars.
  3. I do not expect to be treated like a rock star -- economy travel and modest hotels are just fine. When traveling abroad, I prefer to stay at local hotels rather than international chains or business hotels.
  4. I will decline an honorarium and would prefer not to be offered one.
  5. I expect that you will handle all logistics for the course, including any decisions about the participant list.
  6. If any of the local EXAFS experts are users of our software, it is helpful for them to participate in the afternoon sessions as additional instructors.
  7. I enjoy spending time with my hosts and the participants and would enjoy spending lunches and dinners with them.
  8. I love travel and look favorably on an opportunity to visit a new part of the world.
  9. My lectures will be in English. I speak pretty good Spanish and have enough French to stay out of trouble -- I can answer questions or discuss things during the afternoon sessions in those languages.

Operational requirements

  1. My lectures require an overhead projector which I can use with my own laptop. I also require a white board and a wide selection of colored markers.
  2. The software to be used in the course is Ifeffit with Athena and Artemis. I have nothing bad to say about SixPACK, WinXAS, EXAFSPAK, GNXAS, or any of the other packages out there -- but I teach from Athena and Artemis and expect the participants to use them during the course.

  3. Most training courses will involve ample free time for participants to use the software while I wander around the room. Consequently you should plan to provide computers or have participants bring laptops. I encourage (but do not require) participants to work in pairs during the course.
  4. All computers used in the course should have the software installed before the course begins. I can help with that if there is time the day before the course begins. Installation packages exist for Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX. I don't have an opinion about what kinds of computers the participants use.

  5. Coffee breaks should be scheduled both during the morning and the afternoon.

Photos from recent courses

Advanced Photon Source, 2007
  • In July 2006, I along with Matt Newville, Julie Cross, Robert Gordon, Shelly Kelly, Scott Calvin, and others organized a five day course at the APS. Here is the group photo:

Warsaw, 2006
Advanced Photon Source, 2006
  • In July 2006, I along with Matt Newville, Julie Cross, Robert Gordon, Shelly Kelly, and Scott Calvin organized a three day course at the APS. Here is the group photo:

Swiss Light Source, 2006

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