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XMaS: The UK Materials Science Facility at the ESRF

qXMaS Synchrotron Facility

XMaS is an EPSRC funded mid-range 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 Phys.Rev.Applied

Belmeguenai M, Roussigné Y, Bouloussa H, Chérif SM, Stashkevich A, Nasui M, Gabor MS, Mora-Hernández A, Nicholson B, Inyang O-O, Hindmarch AT, and Bouchenoire L,“Thickness Dependence of the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya Interaction in Co2FeAl Ultrathin Films: Effects of Annealing Temperature and Heavy-Metal Material”

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.9.044044 and .pdf

Bill Stirling made Companion of the order of St Michael and St George

Bill Stirling, the co-originator of the XMaS project with Malcolm Cooper, was awarded the prestigious title of Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for services to British science and international science collaboration. (credit: David Stirling)

XMaS is a mid-range facility funded by the UK EPSRC and managed by the Universities of Warwick and Liverpool