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XMaS V has launched

£7million funding from EPSRC to grant the UK National Research Facility at the ESRF.

Press releases:

https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/7_million_funding

https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2019/02/25/7million-funding-to-grant-xmas-wish/

 

Thu 28 Feb 2019, 13:43 | Tags: xmas BL, ESRF Highlights, ESRF News, ESRF Spotlight

ESRF EBS shutdown (update)

After around 30 years of service, our bending magnet BM28 was extracted on February 11th before being taken apart for recycling. It will be replaced by a much smaller magnet (Short Bend) in June 2020.

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Long bending magnet

BM28 from the machine side! In the old days, it was called D28. The x-rays used to travel down the tube on the left hand side. The big blue thing is our long bending magnet
Thu 28 Feb 2019, 12:06 | Tags: xmas BL, ESRF Highlights, ESRF News, ESRF Spotlight

ESRF EBS shutdown has started

The ESRF EBS shutdown started on 10th December 2018 and will last 20 months to dismantle the old ring, remount the new one and test it. The new BM28 magnet (the short bend) will be install in June 2020. The XMaS users should be able to use the beamline in the autumn.

In the meantime, see a panoramic view of the new control cabin: the offline x-ray source lab (blue door) and small windows looking inside the synchrotron x-ray experimental hutch to the right.

 

New Control Cabin

Thu 28 Feb 2019, 11:57 | Tags: xmas BL, ESRF Highlights, ESRF News, ESRF Spotlight

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!

Wed 12 Sep 2018, 13:37 | Tags: xmas BL, ESRF Highlights, ESRF News

XMaS featured in the ESRF News for the World Environment Day

The 5th June was the World Environment Day. To celebrate the event, ESRF published an article on photovoltaic cells, which is focused on perovskites studies carried out at the ESRF. One of the cited studies took place at XMaS. The work resulted from a collaboration between the University of Sheffield, University of Cambridge, Cardiff University, University of Oxford, University of Warwick and also the Khalifa University of Science and Technology (formerly Masdar Institute, United Arab Emirates). The full article can be viewed here.

Experimental setup for in-situ GI-WAXS and opto-electrical measurements of perovskite solar cells on XMaS. Copyright: Samuele Lilliu.

Mon 11 Jun 2018, 10:57 | Tags: xmas BL, ESRF Highlights, ESRF News, ESRF Spotlight, outreach

XMaS beamline upgrade

May 16th marked the first day of the XMaS beamline upgrade in the context of the ESRF Extremely Brilliant Source (EBS) project. The first part of the XMaS upgrade consists in extending the length of the present experimental hutch by about 4 m to accommodate the new source position in the upgraded storage ring. The new experimental hutch will occupy the space of the present control cabin. The control cabin will subsequently move 4 m back too and be located close to the offline x-ray source facility.

The XMaS diffractometer being craned out of the experimental hutch. First time in 20 years!

The XMaS diffractometer being craned out of the experimental hutch. First time in 20 years!

The flying XMaS diffractometer!

The flying XMaS diffractometer!

The experimental hutch without the diffractometer …

The experimental hutch without the diffractometer …

Mon 21 May 2018, 14:20 | Tags: xmas BL, ESRF Highlights, ESRF News

XMaS takes part in the International Day of Light

On the 16th May the International Day of Light (#IDL2018) was launched at UNESCO in Paris. Lightsources.org organised a PhotoWall with pictures from its member facilities that includes the ESRF. XMaS participated to the event.
For those who did not have the chance to view this special PhotoWall (online at https://lightsources.org/ only until the 21st May 2018), the pictures below showing:
- a panoramic view of the experimental hutch
XMaS, the UK-CRG beamline at the ESRF supported by EPSRC. Credit: O. Bikondoa/ XMaS-ESRF (France)
XMaS, the UK-CRG beamline at the ESRF supported by EPSRC. Credit: O. Bikondoa/ XMaS-ESRF (France)
- some of the beamline equipment:
In-situ photovoltaics fabrication at XMaS/ESRF. Credit: S. Lilliu/ XMaS-ESRF (France)
In-situ photovoltaics fabrication at XMaS/ESRF. Credit: S. Lilliu/ XMaS-ESRF (France)
 
Magnetic WAXS/SAXS setup at XMaS-ESRF. Credit: L. Bouchenoire/ XMaS-ESRF (France)
Magnetic WAXS/SAXS setup at XMaS-ESRF.
Mon 21 May 2018, 13:19 | Tags: xmas BL, ESRF Highlights, ESRF News, ESRF Spotlight

Bill Stirling, 30 December 2017

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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.

See HERE

Tue 06 Feb 2018, 10:49 | Tags: xmas BL, ESRF Highlights, ESRF News, ESRF Spotlight

ESRF Beamline Review 2017

The quinquennial ESRF review of XMaS took place the 7-8 November 2017 followed by a presentation of the beamline to the ESRF Science Advisory Committee (SAC) on Friday 10th November.

Wed 15 Nov 2017, 10:15 | Tags: xmas BL, ESRF Highlights, ESRF News

XMaS featured in the 2015 ESRF Highlights

Complex modulated magnetism in PrPtAl
Andrew Huxley et al., University of Edinburgh, UK
www.esrf.fr/Apache_files/Highlights/HL2015.pdf

ESRF highlights

 

Mon 22 Feb 2016, 15:17 | Tags: publications, xmas BL, ESRF Highlights

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