EBS workshop on X-ray Spectroscopy of Magnetic Materials

More than seventy scientists from over ten different countries in Europe, USA and Japan gathered at the ESRF to participate in the EBS Workshop on X-ray Spectroscopy of Magnetic Materials (XSMM) on October 7-9, 2019. The XSMM workshop has demonstrated to be a fruitful forum for informal discussion of developments of synchrotron-radiation-based research on magnetism – the flourishing field of science, and one in which the ESRF is at the forefront. The ESRF beamlines ID12, ID32, ID24 and ID26 offer unique possibilities in the field of magnetic spectroscopy under multiple extreme conditions of high magnetic field, ultralow temperatures and high pressure as well as magnetic dichroism in Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering. In addition, Mossbauer spectroscopy could be exploited at beamline ID18 to probe specific atomic sites yielding microscopic information on the magnetic properties of “XMCD-silent” materials. The workshop was organised in the sessions dedicated to specific scientific topics, experimental techniques as well as theoretical advances. The talks given by the best specialists in the field allowed all the participants to have a comprehensive view of the latest achievements and of the envisioned developments in the area of magnetic spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation, in particular of the emerging new opportunities offered by the ESRF-EBS project.