The Hard X-ray nanoprobe beamline is a dedicated facility for nanoscale microscopy and welcomed first users in March 2017.
The beamline will serve 2 end-stations. The first is a nanoprobe for which the design priority is to deliver a flexible endstation with an initial beam size of 50 nm. The optical design is optimised for scanning X-ray fluorescence, X-ray spectroscopy and diffraction. The other station will be optimised to carry out small and wide angle X-ray scattering studies as well as scanning fluorescence mapping with a variable focus beam in the range 5µm – 100 nm.
To maximise the distance from the focusing optic to the sample, the beamline extends beyond the main building to a distance of approximately 185m.
I14 provides a state of the art facility in which a focused x-ray spot is positioned or scanned over a specimen. The central theme of the beamline is the ability to obtain structural and chemically-specific information on a full range of materials (inorganic/organic) under both static and real (e.g. wet, heated, in-situ strain) conditions, providing a facility that will be new to the UK.
The HXNP aims to provide:
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