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John Vinson (Fed)


My primary interest is first-principles spectroscopy, focusing on near-edge x-ray absorption, emission, and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering. Computational spectroscopy provides a direct connection between the structure of a material on the atomic scale to the spectra that can be observed in experiments. I work with groups inside and outside of NIST to help them interpret and understand their measurements. I am also the lead developer of the spectroscopy code OCEAN

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  • KIT International Excellence Fellow


Near-edge x-ray absorption and emission of cyanates and thiocyanates

Karina Bzheumikhova, John Vinson, Yves Kayser, Rainer Unterumsberger, Terrence J. Jach, Burkhard Beckhoff
The comparability and reliability of the analysis of the electronic structure of selected cyanates and thio- cyanates at the nitrogen K edge based on BSE
Created February 26, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022