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XMaS: The UK Materials Science Facility at the ESRF

XMaS: The UK Materials Science Facility at the ESRF

XMaS Synchrotron Facility

XMaS is an EPSRC funded National Research Facility supporting the UK materials science communities. It provides free at the point of access to synchrotron radiation at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble (France). A wide range of sample environments allow a diverse set of experiments to be performed using energies in the 2.1 to 40 keV range.

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Our main objectives of the facility are to provide the UK materials science community with access to a state of-the-art X-ray facility and to facilitate training for early career scientists, including postgraduate and undergraduate students, in advanced scientific methodologies.

Techniques Available

A wide range of X-ray techniques are available making use of monochromatic beam with energies in the range of 2.1 to 40 keV:

  • Diffraction
  • Resonant Elastic X-ray scattering
  • Grazing Incidence (reflectivity, diffraction, etc.)
  • Spectroscopy
  • Small Angle Scattering (>0.01 Å-1)

Offline Facilities

X-ray Source

A Cu micro-source is available for use with most of the sample environments used on the main beamline

Laboratory Space

Electrical and magnetic characterisation of samples