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Time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy

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How a cat manages to turn and land on its feet may not be the most obvious start to an article in Spectroscopy Europe. However, C.J. Milne and M. Chergui use the example in their article on “Time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy” to show how the time dimension is important in many analyses and applications. There has been a real surge in time-resolved X-ray absorption ­studies in chemistry, biology and materials science. Picosecond time resolution is routinely achieved and femtosecond resolution has been demonstrated at synchrotrons, albeit at the cost of a significantly reduced photon flux. However, the advent of hard X-ray-free electron lasers offer the promise of making such studies routine.

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An important use of Raman spectroscopy to help understand the impact of traffic on roadside soils and plants

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Raman-24-5-sEven though lead in fuel has been banned for a number of years, it is still present in by the roadside, as are many other pollutants from vehicles. The combination of Raman spectroscopy and µ-ED-XRF is of particular value. The advantage Raman has is in the possibility of focusing on individual grains, thereby obtaining the spectrum of each grain that comes from traffic-emitted particles.

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Surface-enhanced infrared spectroscopy

IR-24-5_F2-sIn principle, electromagnetic SEIRS should be as strong as electromagnetic surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) but, in SEIRS, disturbing fluorescence is absent. In order to get maximum IR vibrational signal enhancement for sensing of rare molecules, strong resonant scattering of ­plasmonic objects is ­recommended.

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Mössbauer spectroscopy—an indispensable tool in solid state research

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Mossbauer-24-4-F14-sPhilipp Gütlich, Christian Schröder and Volker Schünemann update us on “Mössbauer spectroscopy—an indispensable tool in solid state research”. One of the more high-profile applications of the technique has been its use in the exploration of Mars. Whilst the latest NASA mission to Mars that successfully landed on 6 August, when we were putting this issue together, does not have a Mössbauer spectrometer onboard, the earlier Opportunity rover does and is  still active on Mars at present and the next mission will again. There are many other fascinating applications of Mössbauer spectroscopy which make this article one you must read.

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Mass spectrometry investigations of nanoparticles by tandem charge detection mass spectrometry

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MS-24-4-F2-s“Mass spectrometry investigations of nanoparticles by tandem charge detection mass spectrometry” by Tristan Doussineau, Philippe Dugourd and Rodolphe Antoine describes how the limitation of conventional mass spectrometry for weighing macro-ions with masses higher than one megadalton can be overcome with the technique of charge detection mass spectrometry and how they have developed such an instrument for performing MS/MS. This has potential for exploring the “nano world”.

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