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XMaS: The UK Materials Science Facility at the ESRF

qXMaS Synchrotron Facility

XMaS is an EPSRC funded mid-range facility supporting the UK materials science communities. It provides free at the point of access to synchrotron radiation at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble. A wide range of sample environments allow a diverse set of experiments to be performed using energies in the 2.4 to 15 keV range. Additional facilities exploiting these sample environments are possible using our laboratory spaces which include a new micro source x-ray facility.

Techniques Available

A wide range of x-ray techniques are available making use of white beam and monochromatic energies in the range of 2.4 to 15 keV:

Offline Facilities

X-ray Source

A Cu micro-source is available for use with most of the sample environments used on the main beamline

Laboratory Space

Electrical and magnetic characterisation of samples


User Meeting to celebrate the 20 years of Science at XMaS 20th and 21st September 2017 ESRF Auditorium
XMaS Scientist Experience 2017

Our winners are now back from Grenoble, where they were able to enjoy the XMaS Scientist Experience and the sunshine! Their feedback on the trip is very positive.

'Thank you so much for taking me on the trip it was amazing and I learnt so much!' Jasmine

'I found the whole experience invaluable, I learnt so much more physics than I would in probably a week's worth of lessons (or maybe more than that😅). I also admire how everyone became friends so easily- this was the first group of people I've met that share similar interests to me. I even found out that someone else is going to the same summer school as me so I'm less worried for that 😊.' Laura S.

XMaS is a mid-range facility funded by the UK EPSRC and managed by the Universities of Warwick and Liverpool