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ID11 - Materials science beamline


ID11 is a beamline dedicated to moderate to high energy diffraction and/or imaging studies of a variety of systems of interest for their physical, mechanical, or chemical properties. Very high spatial (<100 nm) and time (1 ms) resolution are available.
Status:  open


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


  • Structural materials
  • Energy materials
  • Hydrogen storage materials
  • Batteries
  • Fuel Cells
  • Engineering materials
  • Microelectronics materials
  • Metallurgy
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Functional Materials


  • Diffraction contrast tomography
  • Diffuse X-ray scattering
  • Imaging
  • Pair-distribution function analysis
  • Powder diffraction
  • XRD - X-ray diffraction

Energy range

  • 18.0 - 140.0  keV

Beam size

  • Minimum (H x V) : 0.2 x 0.07  µm²
  • Maximum (H x V) : 1200.0 x 1000.0  µm²

Sample environments

  • Nanometre precision translations
  • Nitrogen cooling airgun
  • Moderate temperature oven
  • High temperature oven
  • Stress rig


  • Dectris Eiger2 X CdTe 4M
  • FReLoN2k with fibre-optic coupling
  • FReLoN4m with fibre-optic coupling
  • FReLoN4m with high resolution microscope
  • Andor Marana sCMOS imaging detector

Technical details

Following the recent upgrade of the beamline to add a nano-resolution station at 100m, it is now possible to carry out very high spatial resolution simultaneous diffraction and imaging studies, allowing the mapping of materials with better than 100 nm resolution. Time resolution to 1ms is available.

G. Vaughan et al., "The extension of ID11 for nanoscale and hierarchical characterization", in Proceedings of the 31st Risoe International Symposium on Materials Science, 2010.


X-ray diffraction probes superconductivity in yttrium hydrides

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The structure of a hierarchically phase-separated metallic glass

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News from the beamline


Scientists synthesise new materials at terapascal pressures for the first time

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ESRF user awarded ERC advanced grant

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