At 250 metres in length, I13 is Diamond’s longest beamline. It comprises two branchlines which provide complementary X-ray imaging techniques.
The branchlines run simultaneously and independently of one another. They support a broad range of scientific users from fields such as biology, materials science, geology, medicine, archaeology and engineering.
Resolution beyond the limitations given by the detector and X-ray optics can be achieved with methods working in reciprocal space. For crystalline samples Coherent X-ray Diffraction allows not only reconstructing the shape of nano-crystals but also provides 3D information about parameters such as the internal stress.
This branchline performs in-line phase contrast imaging and tomography over a large field of view in the 8-30keV energy range. The spatial resolution for this technique can extend a little beyond a micron. It will also be possible to switch the instrument to full-field microscopy with 50nm spatial resolution.
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