The Soft X-Ray Emission Band Spectra of Metals and Alloys

  • Brian J. Thompson
  • Paul F. Kellen
Part of the Developments in Applied Spectroscopy book series (DAIS, volume 4)


Soft X-ray emission bands provide information concerning the structure of the occupied levels in the valence bands of metals. The emission takes place upon transition of electrons in the levels of the valence band to vacancies in inner core levels. The density of states in the band is dependent on the particular atom and upon the lattice structure. To carry these ideas over to alloys is not, however, self-evident, especially if the alloy has a different structure than either of the constituents. In this paper, recent experimental results for both the pure metals and the alloys are reviewed with particular reference to those measurements made since the excellent review by Tomboulian in 1957 [4], An examination is made of the effects of lattice symmetry on the structure of the conduction band.


Valence Band Emission Band Inner Core Fiducial Mark Lattice Symmetry 
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© Chicago Section of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy 1965

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian J. Thompson
    • 1
  • Paul F. Kellen
    • 1
  1. 1.Technical Operations ResearchBurlingtonUSA

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