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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


Beamline upgrade -28/03/2019

The modification of the lead panel to accommodate the new beam position with the new EBS source will start soon. Our new x-ray beam will move ~17 cm towards the wall (to the left). Also time also to clear up and upgrade our control electronics! Bye bye DPAPs! 30 years of ESRF electronics going to the skip…

Beamline upgrade - 21/03/2019

D-day for departure. Bon voyage to Huber Diffraktionstechnik and see you back next year!

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