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 (ESRFLink opens in a new window) in Grenoble (France). A wide range of sample environments allow a diverse set of experiments to be performed using energies in the 2.4 to 40 keV range. Additional facilities exploiting these sample environments are possible using our laboratory spaces which include a micro-source X-ray facility.
The beamline provides two-thirds of available synchrotron beam time to UK-based researchers (National Research Facility or CRG time) with the remaining third to the wider ESRF’s user community (ESRF time).
Two proposal review rounds are held each year. Deadlines for applications to make use of the ESRF time are normally 1st March and 11th September and 1st April and 1st October for the CRG time for the same scheduling periods August to February and March to July, respectively.
In addition to the main synchrotron beamline, XMaS also provides access to offline resources. Primarily functioning to support the research activities during beamtime, users can also apply to access these facilities for independent studies. Applications can be made at any time.
Follow the instructions carefully and do not forget to upload your 1-2 page proposal at the end of the application form. Please contact the local staff to discuss any potential experiments. Successful offline proposals will be run as in-house experiments. We will complete the safety form with the information supplied in your application form as well as arrange site passes and any accommodation that may be required.
For synchrotron beamtime, offline users normally stay in the ESRF guest house or off-site hotels.
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