BM08 - The LISA Beamline

LISA BeamLine

Linea Italiana per la Spettroscopia d'Assorbimento x


Linea Italiana per la Spettroscopia d'Assorbimento x (Italian beamLine for x-ray Absorption Spectroscopy)

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche IOM Institute


Oct 10th 2016

The schedule for Run5_16 is now defined, you can find it under the menu "Schedules". The results of the beamtime committee are now available on the Panel Results 2016-II document.

Oct 5th 2016

The submission of proposals for beamtime within the Italian quota for the first Semester 2017 is open with deadline Nov 8th 2016.

Proposals can be submitted at the ESRF user portal

Detailed instructions can be found in the document:

*** News from the beamline
LISA will carry out the first phase of the refurbishment in the first months of 2017. A new double crystal monochromator will be installed as well as the associated cryocirculator. Si(111) and Si(311) crystal pairs will be available with an accessible energy range of 4.9-72 keV. Run-1-2017 will be dedicated to the installation and commissioning of the instrument; the rendez-vous with the users is foreseen in April for Run-2. The new focusing mirrors will arrive in june and thus the first semester 2017 will be run without horizontal focalization. The completion of the new optics layout is scheduled for Run-5 2017.




Mar 3rd 2016

The CNR - Evaluation Panel (commissione.gilda AT invites the Italian Users to submit a letter of intents for Long Term Projects with deadline Apr. 3rd 2016 (see text, in italian, here). The next deadline for conventional Rolling Access Projects on the italian quota is on May 8th 2016.

Feb 18th 2016

Oct. 2nd 2015

Deadline for proposal submission on the italian beamtime quota: next Nov. 8th 2015.

The submission of proposals  for beamtime within the Italian quota for the first Semester 2016 is now open with deadline on Nov. 8th 2015. Only standard “rolling access” (RA) proposals will be evaluated for the present Call (Beamtime from March 2016).  The CNR panel is currently evaluating the possibility of a new Call of Block Allocation Group (BAG) for the Italian beamtime on LISA, that will be launched later. Proposals can be submitted at the ESRF user portal . Detailed instructions can be found here.

LISA beam time allocation panel

The CNR panel, renewed on May 2015, intends to evaluate the RA Proposals according to the following priority criteria:
Main criteria (individually evaluated)

  • Scientific Interest and originality/novelty
  • Clear description of the objectives of the Proposal
  • Evaluation of: detailed expected results,  feasibility, previous experience and reports.

The final selection, in case of a tie, will take into account the previous history of the Proposal and will favor those proposals that include Ph.D. students among the proponents. This should be declared in the proposal.

LISA is at present fully in operation and the schedules for the present and forthcoming runs are available at the following page.
The Commission may be contacted at this e-mail address: commissione.gilda AT

Jun. 25th 2015

The procedure for the procurement of the new monochromator has started. The device is foreseen to be operational by the end of year 2016.


Jan 8th 2015

The new contract between CNR and ESRF for the 5 year operation of the italian CRG beamline at the port BM08 of ESRF has come into force on Jan 1st 2015. A deep refurbishment plan for the instrumentation is foreseen to be realized in the forthcoming months that will provide to the users a completely new instrument. For this reason, the project name will be changed in LISA; a description of the new project can be find in the LISA presentation document.


The (old) GILDA Beamline

The Italian Collaborating Research Group GILDA at ESRF is a general purpose beamline using a bending magnet source. It is financed by three major italian public research Institutes (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche CNR , and Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare INFN) and is the result of a collaboration a number of Italian Universities namely Cagliari, Camerino, Roma "Tor Vergata", "Roma Tre", Parma, Trento.

It is operational since Sept 1994, and is mainly dedicated to the investigation of local structures. To this purpose, X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy as well as X-ray Diffraction are used on the beamline in the energy range 5-80 keV. A high energy resolution is ensured by using Si(311) and Si (511) monochromating crystals. The GILDA beamline consists in four experimental hutches: the first contains the optical elements and the others the experimental apparata.

The first experimental hutch, in the 1:3 focal configuration which ensures the maximum flux, is dedicated to X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS). The wide energy range of the beamline makes GILDA well-suited for XAS investigations on heavy elements with the possibility to access the K absorption edges from Ti to Au. Experiments are carried out in transmission, fluorescence and total electron yield modes. For the study of highly diluted samples a 13-elements high purity Ge detector is currently used (current limit sensitivity: 10 14 at/cm 2). Surface experiments in total reflection mode (ReflEXAFS) are performed in a dedicated experimental chamber.

The second hutch, in 1:1 focal geometry, is dedicated to X-ray scattering and diffraction. It is equipped with a two circle diffractometer with an angular step of 0.28 arcsec and a reproducibility of 2 arcsec. Crystal analyzers, solid-state detectors and scintillators are used to perform anomalous scattering on amorphous materials, and powder diffraction with an instrumental angular resolution lower than 0.01 degree. The recent installation of an Image Plate detector has permitted the development of an apparatus for time-resolved powder diffraction.

A third experimental hutch at the end of the beamline is available for users who wish install their own apparatus. An ultra high vacuum chamber fully equipped for surface preparation and characterization is available for EXAFS investigations in total and partial electron yield mode.


Last revised Feb 2016 by F. d'Acapito .

Information for Users


# Standard and BAG beamtime
Aug. 2017 - Feb. 2018:

1st MARCH 2017 (inclusive)

# Long Term Projects to be completed by the end of 2018:

15th JANUARY 2017 (inclusive)

Review Committee Meetings:

27th and 28th April 2017

User guide