Beye, M.; Wernet, Ph.; Schüßler-Langeheine, C.; Föhlisch, A.: Time resolved resonant inelastic X-ray scattering: A supreme tool to understand dynamics in solids and molecules. Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena 188 (2013), p. 172-182
Dynamics in materials typically involve different degrees of freedom, like charge, lattice, orbital and spin in a complex interplay. Time-resolved resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) as a highly selective tool can provide unique insight and follow the details of dynamical processes while resolving symmetries, chemical and charge states, momenta, spin configurations, etc. In this paper, we review examples where the intrinsic scattering duration time is used to study femtosecond phenomena. Free-electron lasers access timescales starting in the sub-ps range through pump-probe methods and synchrotrons study the time scales longer than tens of ps. In these examples, time-resolved resonant inelastic X-ray scattering is applied to solids as well as molecular systems.