Welcome to Materials

The Materials Village brings together four beamlines with a range of techniques for studying a diverse range of materials. Two beamlines, I16 Materials and Magnetism and I19 Small Molecule Diffraction, support a wide programme including studying electronic ordering in strongly correlated materials and the structure of excited systems. I13 Imaging and Coherence is Diamond’s longest beamline, with one of its branchline operated in collaboration with the University of Manchester. I13 facilitates non-destructive examination of internal features of materials ranging from the micro to the nano length scale. The fourth beamline in the village is B16, Diamond’s Test beamline, which is a flexible and versatile beamline facilitating developments in methods and instrumentation.

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I13 is Diamond’s longest beamline, dedicated to imaging, tomographic and coherence experiments across the biological, medical, geological, material, engineering and archealogical sciences.

Energy: Imaging branch: 8 - 30 keV; Coherence branch: 6 - 20 keV

Detector: Diamond Manchester Imaging Branchline: pco.edge 5.5, pco.4000, pco.dimax; Coherence Branchline: Maxipix, Excalibur


The Materials and Magnetism beamline provides a unique, world-class single crystal X-ray diffraction facility for studying a diverse range of materials.

Beamsize: 180 x 20 μm or 2 x 2 μm with KB mirrors

Energy: 3 - 15 keV

Detector: Pilatus 100k (172 μm pixels) , Pilatus 2M (172 μm pixels), Vortex SD, APD, Diode, Andor direct illumination CCD (13 μm pixels), Andor CMOS (1:1 fibre optic coupling, 6.5 μm), Medipx 3 (55 μm pixels)


This is a flexible and versatile beamline for testing new developments in optics and detector technology and for trialling new experimental techniques. The beamline provides both white and monochromatic X-rays in several operational modes.

Beamsize: Variable: microfocus (~1 um) to several mm

Energy: 4 - 45 keV

Detector: Pilatus 100k (172 μm pixels), Photonic Science Image Star 9000 (31 μm pixels), Optique Peter X-ray microscope (0.5 μm pixels), Vortex 90EX SD, APD, PIPS diode, Medipix Merlin 3 (55 μm pixels), X-ray eye (6.5 μm pixels)


I19 is a high-flux tunable-wavelength facility for the study of small-molecule systems by single-crystal X-ray diffraction techniques. The beamline supports a variety of techniques to allow the structural change of systems to be mapped under the influence of an external effect (such as pressure, temperature, photoexcitation or gas exchange).

Beamsize: EH1: 80x32 µm full focus, 185x150 µm top-hat; EH2: 191x130 µm full focus

Energy: 5 - 25 keV

Wavelength: 0.5 - 2.5 Å

Detector: EH1: Rigaku Saturn 724+ CCD, EH2: Agilent Atlas CCD/ Pilatus 300K

  • I13 Imaging branch
  • Mark Warren on I19
  • Principal Beamline Scientist Kawal Sawhney on the Test Beamline, B16
  • Principal Beamline Scientist Steve Collins on I16
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