The shape and fine structure of the x-ray LIII absorption discontinuity of ytterbium (Z=70) has been studied in the pure metal and in several of its compounds. The shape and the near edge structure of the discontinuity in the metal reflects the band structure. A molecular orbital interpretation for the fine structure near the absorption edge has been proposed for the spectrum of the sesqui-oxide. The average bond lengths for the systems studied have been determined from the measurements on the fine structure employing Lytle’s and Levy’s methods and are compared with the available crystallographic data in the case of the metal, oxide and fluoride.
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