The Italian Collaborating Research Group LISA at the ESRF is a general-purpose beamline using a bending magnet source. Operational since September 1994, it is mainly dedicated to the investigation of local structures.
Status:  open


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  • XAS - X-ray absorption spectroscopy
  • Powder diffraction

Energy range

  • 4.0 - 90.0  keV

Beam size

  • Minimum (H x V) : 0.2 x 0.2  mm²
  • Maximum (H x V) : 2.0 x 2.0  mm²

Sample environments

  • He and N2 cryostats
  • Cell for powder-gas reactions
  • Hot air blower
  • High-temperature oven (2000K)


  • Ion chambers
  • Photodiodes
  • High-purity Ge detectors (13 elements and 12 elements)
  • Area detector for diffraction

Technical details

Typical beam dimensions span from 2 x 2 to 0.2 x 0.2 mm2. Both standard and total reflection X-ray absorption spectroscopy can be performed. XAS and ReflEXAFS spectra can be collected on concentrated as well as diluted samples (limit dilution 10^13 at/cm2) using multielement HP-GE detectors. Time-resolved X-ray powder diffraction data are collected with an area detector (MAR345) accessing d-space values from 0.8 to 80 Å. The typical collection time is 120 sec. Measurements are carried out from 10 to 800 K (XAS) or from RT to 1200 K (XRD) using different ovens and cryostats.

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