XMaS: X-ray Materials Science Facility at the ESRF

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Location of facility

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), Grenoble

Capabilities and services provided

XMaS offers a Synchrotron Beamline with capabilities including:

  • High resolution diffraction including resonant elastic x-ray scattering
  • Polarisation analysis with linear or circularly polarised beams
  • Grazing Incidence scattering (reflectivity, diffraction, etc.)
  • Spectroscopy across the energy range 2.1 to 15 keV for EXAFS and NEXAFS/XANES
  • Small Angle Scattering (>0.01 Å‑1)
  • External stimuli including magnetic fields of up to 4 T and electric fields of 2 kV.
  • Wide range of sample chambers for controlled liquid and gaseous environments

Off-line facilities include access to a laboratory x-ray source (Cu Ka) with four-circle diffractometer for diffraction, reflectivity and SAXS/WAXS as well as a characterisation lab for magneto transport and electrical measurements.

Services provided include T&S support for onsite experiments. Expert staff provide help and support during experimental time and preparation. Initial data reduction and analysis support is available. Remote access assistance for offline suites is provided by onsite staff. Detailed design work for user driven developments in metrology and sample environments is also provided.

Contact for access

Access is through peer review. six-monthly calls (01 April and 01 October) are available for UK-led projects (application process described at the XMaS website). 30% of beamtime is reserved separately for public access through the ESRF (calls 01 March and 10 September).

Directors of Facility: Prof. Chris Lucas (clucas@liv.ac.uk), Dr Tom Hase (T.P.A.Hase@warwick.ac.uk)

Twitter: @XMaSBeam and @XMaSSchoolTrip

Research Areas aligned to facility

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