Small Angle Scattering (SAXS)

Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) covers the major disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics delivering structural and dynamic information in nanoscience, mesoscopic architectures, supramolecular structures and nucleation/growth of crystals. SAXS is also proving important in archaeological, environmental and conservation sciences,  indicating an ability to span a wide range of scientific disciplines.

Diamond has two beamlines dedicated to SAXS I22 and B21 but several others that carry out SAXS experiments from time to time, I12 (high energy SAXS, 50 - 150 KeV) and I07 (GiSAXS).

Latest Meetings

We are currently involved in organising a Dawn training workshop for all users of I22. The workshop aims to take users of the two beamlines through data reduction and analysis for small angle scattering using Diamond’s in-house software suite of tools built within the Dawn framework. There is no fee for the course and meals and on-site accommodation are provided. Applicants are required to pay for their transport to and from Diamond. More details can be found on the Training School Website.

Dawn 2.3 released

The latest release of dawn includes an extensive set of data reduction tools for SAXS data. It can be downloaded from We have also spent some time updating the manual section of our confluence site to accompany the new release.

Biostruct-X Access Available

With B21 moving into operational mode we are happy to receive Biostruct-X users to the facility. More information can be found on our User pages and on the Biostruct-X website.

New to SAXS?

  • A nice introduction to the technique has just been printed in a recent issue of our "Inside Diamond" Magazine. You can find it on pages 20-21 of the magazine.
  • The Beginners Guide to SAXS provides useful information on what is possible, helpful hints and tips for experiments and some basic background on our beamlines, I22 and B21. The Beginners guide also includes a useful reference book list for Small Angle Scattering.

Understanding gypsum growth

Understanding gypsum growth

Ordered assembly of nanobricks observed for first time
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Latest SAXS Publication

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