ID11 is principally a diffraction beamline and it offers a number of techniques under this heading. Samples analysed here range from the amorphous (use the PDF technique), to powder (powder XRD), poly-crystals (3D-XRD and DCT techniques) and single crystal. Sample size can vary from nano, micro, to large scale samples and take the form of individual crystallites, films or bulk materials. Tomography detectors are also available at the beamline so x-ray contrast tomography techniques are also available, though these are usually only offered in conjunction with other diffraction techniques.

The following is an outline of the main techniques performed at ID11. Each heading contains a link to a fuller description.


3D grain maps of deformed material.


Single grain reconstruction experiments.

Diffraction Contrast Tomography (DCT)

DCT is a near-field diffraction-based imaging technique that provides high-resolution grain maps of polycrystalline materials.  For each individual grain, the technique can provide orientation and average elastic strain tensor components with an accuracy of a few times 10-4. The technique combines the concepts of image reconstruction from projections (tomography) and X-ray diffraction imaging (topography).

Pair Distribution Function (PDF) analysis

For amorphous and crystalline materials.


Single crystal, powder and time resolved diffraction.