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XMaS: The UK Materials Science Facility at the ESRF

qXMaS 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 in Grenoble. A wide range of sample environments allow a diverse set of experiments to be performed using energies in the 2.4 to 15 keV range. Additional facilities exploiting these sample environments are possible using our laboratory spaces which include a new micro-source x-ray facility.

Techniques Available

A wide range of x-ray techniques are available making use of white beam and monochromatic energies in the range of 2.4 to 15 keV:

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


XMaS featured in Philosophical Transactions A

Want to learn about 'XMaS @ the ESRF'? How the project started 25 years ago, the science being done there and how the beamline will evolve with the ESRF-EBS source? This article was part of the UKSR50 celebration.

Link for UKSR50:

XMaS featured in SciVPro

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A 32 min video interview of Prof. Sir Richard Friend et al. (University of Cambridge) published in Scientific Video Protocols (SciVPro)*. The data discussed during Dr Abdi-Jalebi and Alsari’s interview (12-18’) were collected on XMaS.

* SciVpro is the first full open-access peer-reviewed video journal.


Prof. Sir Richard Friend (left) - Dr Abdi-Jalebi and Alsari (right)

XMaS is a National Research Facility funded by the UK EPSRC and managed by the Universities of Warwick and Liverpool