- I14 Beamline
The Hard X-ray nanoprobe beamline is a dedicated facility for micro-nano SAXS and nanoscale microscopy; it welcomed its first users in March 2017.
The beamline serves 2 end-stations. One is a nanoprobe for which the design priority is to achieve the smallest possible focus, with a development goal of 10 nm and initial aim of 30 nm. The optical design is optimised for scanning X-ray fluorescence, X-ray spectroscopy and diffraction. The other station is 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 175m.
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.