A couple of Pilatus detectors are currently available for
SAXS and WAXS measurements on the SAXS/WAXS
beamline (see the News (below) and page SaxsWaxs)
The DUBBLE project operates two beam lines. Mainly for researchers in the remit of the Dutch and Flemish research councils but 30% of the beam time is available for general ESRF users. The main techniques are time-resolved SAXS/WAXS and EXAFS. The latter technique can also be performed in a time-resolved mode.
The SAXS/WAXS beam line uses a large proportion of the time for soft condensed matter research although users of many other research fields, like geology, mineralogy, metallurgy, etc. are also regular visitors.
The EXAFS beam line is specialised in on-line catalysis experiments but this is definitely not the only type of experiments that are carried out here. Several complementary techniques can be performed simultaneously with the EXAFS experiments.
News from DUBBLE
September 2013. The new ESS Genesys Mass Spectrometer is installed on BM26A. The already installed beam line gas handling system allows samples to be exposed to pressures up to 30 Bar with high precision flow rates. The new mass spectrometer system completes the infrastructure for time-resolved operando condition EXAFS/XANES for catalytic applications.
- On the 30th April 2013 Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated, after long and faithful service in favor of her son the new King Willem Alexander. The users on the Dutch Belgian beamline BM26B celebrated by dressing themselves in the colours of the House of Orange (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Orange-Nassau)
On BM26B a new table is installed which allows a rapid change between the macro- and microfocus options. An easy changeover between the normal 300 micron beam size and the microfocus from the Compound Refractive Lenses or Kirckpatrick-Baez system is now enabled.
In the 2012/2013 winter shutdown the company IDT (http://www.idtnet.co.uk) has installed a new monochromator crystal cage and encoder system on BM26A. This allows for a rapid changeover between Si 111 and Si311 crystals and, among else, extends the workable energy range beyond 40 keV.