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We first present an extended introduction of the various methods used to extract electronic and structural information from the K pre-edge X-ray absorption spectra of 3d transition metal ions. The K pre-edge structure is then modelled for a selection of 3d transition metal compounds and analyzed using first-principles calculations based on the density(More)
The biomineralization of magnetite nanocrystals (called magnetosomes) by magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) has attracted intense interest in biology, geology and materials science due to the precise morphology of the particles, the chain-like assembly and their unique magnetic properties. Great efforts have been recently made in producing transition metal-doped(More)
The relation between the properties of a specific crystallographic site and the properties of the full crystal is discussed by using spherical tensors. The concept of spherical tensors is introduced and the way it transforms under the symmetry operations of the site and from site to site is described in detail. The law of spherical tensor coupling is given(More)
A spherical tensor expansion of resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) is carried out to express the RIXS cross-section in terms of a sum of products of fundamental RIXS spectra and tensors involving incident and scattered x-ray wavevectors and polarization vectors. Specific terms of this expansion are discussed in detail, in particular magnetic x-ray(More)
A large enhancement of the x-ray magnetic circular dichroism is observed at the iron K absorption preedge of magnetite. This is achieved by performing resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) experiments with a 2p hole in the final state of the second-order optical process. We measured and calculated the full 1s2p RIXS planes for opposite helicities of(More)
Theoretical predictions show that depending on the populations of the Fe 3d xy , 3d xz , and 3d yz orbitals two possible quintet states can exist for the high-spin state of the photoswitchable model system [Fe(terpy) 2 ] 2+. The differences in the structure and molecular properties of these 5 B 2 and 5 E quintets are very small and pose a substantial(More)
The mechanism of photomagnetism in copper octacyanomolybdate molecules is currently under debate. Contrary to the general belief that the photomagnetic transition occurs only due to a photoinduced electron transfer from the molybdenum to the copper atom, recent X-ray magnetic dichroic (XMCD) data clearly indicate that this phenomenon is associated at low(More)
Photomagnetism in three-dimensional Co/Fe Prussian blue analogues is a complex phenomenon, whose detailed mechanism is not yet fully understood. Recently, researchers have been able to prepare molecular fragments of these networks using a building block synthetic approach from mononuclear precursors. The main objective in this strategy is to isolate the(More)