ID19 - Microtomography beamline


ID19 is mainly devoted to 3D imaging (microtomography, laminography), with an intensive use of phase contrast. These techniques are applied to a wide variety of topics, with a present emphasis on palaeontology. This beamline is moving towards higher spatial and temporal resolutions.
Status:  open


  • Cultural Heritage
  • Materials and Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Life Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Physics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Chemistry


  • Paleontology
  • Materials research
  • Life science
  • Cultural heritage
  • Food science
  • Medical physics
  • Industrial applications
  • Biomedical research
  • Earth and environmental sciences
  • Biological systems


  • Laminography
  • Imaging, phase-contrast
  • Radiography
  • Tomography
  • Imaging
  • Imaging, pink beam
  • Imaging, monochromatic

Energy range

  • 10.0 - 250.0  keV

Beam size

  • Minimum (H x V) : 0.1 x 0.1  mm²
  • Maximum (H x V) : 60.0 x 15.0  mm²

Sample environments

  • Various in situ furnaces and mechanical loading stages


  • Various indirect area detectors, frequently with 2048 x 2048 pixels, pixel sizes between 0.2 micron and 30 micron and spatial resolving power between 1 micron and 100 micron. The given field of view is defined by the number of pixels and the pixel size chosen.

Technical details

ID19 is full-field imaging beamline which currently does not use any collimating or focusing optics. Tomographic modes include classical microtomography and (phase-sensitive) holotomography.


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