ID18 - Nuclear Resonance Beamline

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Tel: +33(0)47688 +ext
Rudolf Rüffer,
Scientist in charge
Aleksandr I. Chumakov,
ID18 Control Cabin 1 2780
ID18 Control Cabin 2 2781
ID18 Control Cabin 3 2782
Email: NRGcontact


The ID18 beamline is designed and optimized for the excitation of nuclear levels of probe atoms in the sample under investigation. Key parameters are:

  • optimized flux at the Mössbauer energies in the range from 6 keV to 30 (60) keV
  • high energy resolution down to meV level by 'electronic' monochromators
  • ultra-high energy resolution down to neV level by 'nuclear' monochromators
  • time resolution down to sub-ns level
  • use of the pulsed time structure of the synchrotron source

Scientific Applications

Nuclear resonance scattering is a technique which is applied to various fields. Especially applications to samples under extreme conditions like high pressure, low/high temperature, high external magnetic field, confined geometries or tiny samples benefit most from the outstanding properties of synchrotron radiation. Besides basic and fundamental research, NRS applications may be roughly divided into hyperfine spectroscopy and (structural) dynamics.

Hyperfine spectroscopy

comprises the investigation of static and dynamic magnetic and electric properties such as electron densities, fields and field gradients of magnetic or electric origin.

  • In transmission geometry poly- and single crystalline samples and amorphous specimens can be investigated by nuclear forward scattering (NFS) and synchrotron Mössbauer source spectroscopy (SMS).
  • Surfaces, interfaces and multilayers will be investigated using nuclear reflectometry (NR) and synchrotron Mössbauer source spectroscopy (SMS).
  • Single crystals allow one to determine in addition the electric and magnetic structure by nuclear Bragg diffraction (NBD).
  • Magnetic and electric domains are accessible by nuclear small angle scattering (NSAS).

Structural dynamics of "resonant" samples

comprises the investigation of element specific

  • density of phonon states (DOS) by nuclear inelastic scattering (NIS)
  • diffusion by nuclear quasi-elastic scattering (NQES)
  • rotational dynamics by synchrotron radiation based perturbed angular correlation spectroscopy (SRPAC)

Structural dynamics of "non-resonant" samples are accessible

  • for DOS via inelastic scattering with nuclear resonance energy analysis
  • for diffusion etc. via time interferometry.

Basic and fundamental research

as longitudinal coherence, interferometry, nuclear and electronic interference, features of nuclear diffraction.

Techniques available

  • nuclear forward scattering (NFS)
  • nuclear Bragg diffraction (NBD)
  • nuclear small angle scattering (NSAS)
  • nuclear reflectometry (NR)
  • nuclear quasi-elastic scattering (NQES)
  • nuclear inelastic scattering (NIS)
  • synchrotron radiation perturbed angular correlation (SRPAC)
  • quasi-elastic and inelastic scattering with nuclear resonance energy analysis
  • synchrotron Mössbauer source (SMS).

Complementary Information

Other beamlines which might serve with complementary techniques on related topics are for studies on magnetism ID32 and XMAS. Phonons can be studied at the beamline ID28.


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

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