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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


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


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


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

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


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

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A new high-speed camera captures how colour centres decay in nanowires

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Where did life originate on Earth? Ancient hot springs under the seafloor could have the answer

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From sun cream to the food chain: The case of titanium dioxide nanoparticles

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Decoding the origin of UV emission in Zn2GeO4/SnO2 nanowire heterostructures

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X-ray nanoanalysis reveals the role of functional layers in improving perovskite X-ray detectors

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X-ray nanotomography reveals 3D microstructure of graphite anodes for lithium-ion batteries

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Revealing the causes of darkening of “fake-gold” decorations on medieval paintings

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