spatial-resolution 3D-imaging of human spinal cord and column anatomy by phase-contrast micro-CT (page 74).
To fully exploit the unique properties of the EBS, eight new beamlines are planned in the next few years. One of them, the long coherent beamline EBSL1, is currently being designed by Marco Cammarata. The 230-m-long beamline will exploit the higher coherent flux for time- resolved studies of condensed matter and high-resolution imaging. The time resolution correlation spectroscopy, for example, scales with the square of the coherent flux. With a 102- fold increase in flux, the 104 increase in time resolution will give access to microsecond time- scale dynamics. In imaging, a spatial resolution of 5 nm should be within reach in 3D.
The beamline will have a long experimental hall resting on a low-vibration slab with one optics hutch and two experimental hutches; one devoted to forward scattering with the sample 200 m from the source and with a sample detector distance of 4-25 m, and the second, a wide-angle scattering hutch, where the sample will be 192 m from source with a sample-to-detector distance of 0.5-4.5 m and angular range of -10 to +45°. Transfocators in different positions will provide stable beams focused from a few µm to 30 µm. The Technical Design Report is foreseen for September 2021.
The 2020 activities in the Partnership for Soft Condensed Matter (PSCM) were focused on in-house projects such as the production of a cryogenic sample transfer system for radiation- sensitive biological samples, the development of microfluidic chips for beamlines, and a new, high- resolution 3D printer. Laboratory improvements include the acquisition of a thermalised sample stage for optical microscopy and the refurbishment of Brewster angle microscopes. Finally, the creation of a new PSCM website was initiated.