Beamtime applications: deadline for proposals is 1st April 2020
Applications for both ESRF and XMaS CRG beamtime are to be submitted electronically (the paper versions are not acceptable) by following the hyperlink here
User Meeting - Registrations Open
Our next User Meeting will take place at the University of Warwick on Wednesday 27th November 2019.
For information and registration, please click here
Beamline upgrade (over summer 2019)
Time to move the 16 m of lead tubes between the Optics Hutch and the Experimental Hutch! How did we do this? With car transmission jacks, hey! The tubes moved between 12 cm at one end and up to 17cm at the other end... Now awaiting the lead walls to be modified to install the last 2 tubes at each end.
|Almost finished moving the last tube in the right place...||Job done! The tubes a hell of a long way!|
|In the meantime, we used our painting skills to refresh the floor of the Optics Hutch to give it a younger look after 20 years of good service! Next: drill the holes to move the equipment to its new position...|
|Before taking out the slits and the toroidal mirror. Only the monochromator vessel left in the hutch...||After: freshly painted floor.|
|Progress also on the Front End side. The adaptation chamber and the first valve were mounted. We cannot see the inside of the tunnel anymore! The machine is now baking that first section. Funny smell in the ring...
XMaS featured in Science Trends
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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: http://www.uksr50.org/
XMaS featured in SciVPro
All you need to know about back-contact photovoltaic!
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)
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…
|BEFORE removing S4 slits vessel||AFTER removing S4 slits vessel|
|Beamline jungle of cables…||Old DPAPs after 20 years of service….|
Beamline upgrade - 21/03/2019
D-day for departure. Bon voyage to Huber Diffraktionstechnik and see you back next year!
Beamline upgrade - 20/03/2019
First day of Spring and also last day at ESRF for our diffractometer. It was taken apart for safe transport back to Huber Diffraktionstechnik GmbH, Germany. Will be back next year, bigger and shinier!
XMaS V has launched
£7million funding from EPSRC to grant the UK National Research Facility at the ESRF.