BERRIES (Bright Environment for x-ray Raman, Resonance Inelastic and Emission Spectroscopies), is a proposed new beamline from Diamond's Spectroscopy Group. BERRIES will be offering two new techniques to the Diamond user community: pink-beam X-ray Emission Spectroscopy (pink-XES) and X-ray Raman Scattering (XRS), that have only recently become available at synchrotron sources, and are showing great potential in several areas of science.
XRS will open new possibilities to use hard X-rays for performing spectroscopy of light elements (such as O, C, Li, Be, etc…) providing a bulk sensitive probe for performing experiments in situ with several sample environments. The possibility of performing XES with a broad energy band-pass (pink-beam) considerably decreases the time needed for data collection, opening the door to perform studies in a time-resolved manner, or in more dilute samples.
BERRIES will take full advantage of the added capacity and higher brightness offered by Diamond-II. We are proposing to build the beamline on one of the newly available straight sections, using a bright source to deliver the high flux required for the instrument. The beamline will consist of two experimental hutches: the first optimized for performing pink-XES as well as High Energy Resolution Fluorescence Detected XAS (HERFD-XAS), covering an energy range from 4keV to 20keV, while the second will be dedicated to XRS.
It is expected that BERRIES and its emerging techniques will support discoveries, for both academia and industry, in several scientific areas important to the UK’s research priorities, such as chemistry and catalysis, energy materials and nuclear waste management, among others.