ID16B - Nano-analysis Beamline


ID16B is a hard X-ray nanoprobe dedicated to 2D or 3D analysis of nano-scaled materials combining X-ray fluorescence (XRF), diffraction (XRD), absorption spectroscopy (XAS), excited optical luminescence (XEOL), X-ray beam induced current (XBIC) and phase contrast imaging. Low temperature, in-situ or in-operando sample environments can be accommodated.
Status:  open


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


  • Mantle
  • Upper mantle
  • Earth crust
  • Extraterrestrial materials
  • Spintronics
  • Microelectronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Solar cells
  • Cancer research
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Bone research
  • Toxicology of environmental metals


  • X-ray excited optical luminescence
  • XRD - X-ray diffraction
  • Tomography
  • MicroXRF - micro X-ray fluorescence
  • MicroXANES - micro X-ray absorption near-edge structure
  • Imaging, phase-contrast

Energy range

  • 6.0 - 65.0  keV

Beam size

  • Minimum (H x V) : 50.0 x 50.0  nm²
  • Maximum (H x V) : 1.0 x 0.1  µm²


  • Two 3-elements Si drift detectors
  • One 7-elements Si Drift Detector
  • FReLoN 4M
  • FReLoN FK4320T (Kodak)

News from ID16B

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#weekendusers: Tracking nano-precipitates of MRI contrast agents in the liver

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#weekendusers Unravelling the great vision of flies

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Brittle star shows how to make tough ceramics

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Tracing titanium dioxide nanoparticles in the environment

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Fast in situ nanoimaging of particle sintering

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Polarity domains in GaN wires mapped at the nanoscale

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Latest publications

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Algal remodeling in a ubiquitous planktonic photosymbiosis

Decelle J., Stryhanyuk H., Gallet B., Veronesi G., Schmidt M., Balzano S., Marro S., Uwizeye C., Jouneau P.H., Lupette J., Jouhet J., Maréchal E., Schwab Y., Schieber N.L., Tucoulou R., Richnow H., Finazzi G., Musat N.,
Current Biology 29, 968-978 (2019)