The Hard X-ray nanoprobe beamline is a dedicated facility for micro-nano SAXS and nanoscale microscopy and is scheduled to come into operation in mid-late 2016.
The beamline will serve 2 end-stations. One will be a nanoprobe for which the design priority will be to achieve the smallest possible focus, with a development goal of 10 nm and initial aim of 30 nm. The optical design will be 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 will extend beyond the main building to a distance of approximately 175m.
I14 will provide 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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