Valuable experience in performing X-ray absorption spectroscopy experiments at DESY

An ISSP UL’s EXAFS Spectroscopy Laboratory engineer, Vitalijs Dimitrijevs, took training at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) research centre in Hamburg, Germany on beamline P65 at the end of October. During the training, he participated in a big part of everyday synchrotron work. Vitalijs Dmitrijevs acquired how to prepare for an X-Ray absorption experiment (detector installing and all start parameter setting), X-Ray absorption data interpretation and sample preparation.

During his training, the EXAFS Laboratory engineer acquired the following skills at DESY: the ability to work with liquid helium cryostat JANIS; the ability to work with the electrical equipment offered by the synchrotron line (including various types of detectors, motors and thermostat); ability to perform an x-ray absorption experiment in different ways - transmission and fluorescence mode; ability to prepare samples with the necessary parameters for an X-ray absorption experiment in a chemical laboratory; ability to use software for control of X-ray absorption experiments; and ability to use software for X-ray absorption data analysis.

It was essential training because Vitalijs Dimitrijevs works in the laboratory, where experiment data can be obtained only from synchrotron X-Ray absorption spectroscopy experiments. This science direction has great potential both in the ISSP UL and the world science because of its unique gain of data set about metal or metallic compound powder or foil structures.

Established in 1959, DESY is one of the world’s leading accelerator centers with large-scale facilities to explore the microcosm in all its variety – from the interactions of tiny elementary particles and the behavior of new types of nanomaterials to biomolecular processes that are essential to life.