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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 Scientist Experience 2019

The competition is now open!

The trip will take place 30th June-4th July 2019. Students will experience what life might be like as an international research scientist. They will visit the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and take part in the Synchrotron@School Programme.

For more information and to download an entry form, please click here.

XMaS Beamline Upgrade (Summer update)

Very active summer with the extension of the experimental hutch (EH1) and the construction of the new control cabin (June-July). From July, painting, installation of all the fluids, electrical and network cables, safety control system etc… Only a few more weeks to go!

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