Applied Physics A

, Volume 78, Issue 6, pp 847–854 | Cite as

Magnetic circular dichroism in X-ray absorption: theoretical description and applications

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Abstract

A fully relativistic theory for magnetic X-ray dichroism is presented that is based on the Dirac equation for spin-polarised systems and relativistic multiple-scattering theory. This scheme allows one to treat not only translation-invariant solids but can also be applied to disordered alloys and surfaces. An application of the theoretical formalism is presented for a variety of systems, i.e. pure elements, multilayer systems and trilayer systems.

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  1. 1.Department Chemie, Physikalische ChemieUniversität MünchenMünchenGermany

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