High-Sensitivity X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy


BioXAS-Spectroscopy beamline is optimized for the high-sensitivity X-ray detection on low concentrated samples. Beamline applications are focused on (but not limited to) Bio/Life sciences, typical cases include the study of local coordination around metallic centers in enzymes, or monitoring the evolution of electronic state in the single-atom catalysts, or analyzing the chemical speciation of trace elements in minerals and soils.

Please discuss details of your proposal with the beamline scientist prior to submitting your proposal.

  • Status

    Accepting Proposals

  • Source

    Wiggler, 11-periods, K>29

  • Energy Range

    5000 - 32000 eV

  • Energy Resolution ΔE/E


  • Flux (ph/s/0.1%BW)

    >1012 @ 12 keV

  • Spot Size (HxV)

    Variable, 3mm x 0.5mm @ 12 keV


  • X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES)
  • Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS)


  • Rh-coated toroidal mirrors for vertical collimation and moderate horizontal focusing.
  • Si220 Double Crystal Monochromator, pseudo channel-cut, LN2-cooled
  • CVD Diamond-coated Harmonic Rejection Mirrors

Endstation & Capabilities

  • Beamline incorporates two endstations operating independently to maximize throughput.
  • Standard setup includes 3 Ionization Chambers (N2/Ar flow), Large-Area PIPS Diode (Total Fluorescence Yield), multi-positional sample holder on movable stage for automated measurements at ambient conditions.
  • Beamline is equipped with the Liquid Helium cryostats to protect the samples from radiation damage and improve the signal/noise ratio in EXAFS region. LN2 is used by default, please inform the beamline staff in advance if LHe is required.
  • Two 32-channel HPGE detectors (Canberra) paired with powerful XSPRESS3 ADCs may work simultaneously and provide exceptional detection capabilities – sub-ppm / sub-µM in XANES regime.


Beamline Scientist: Roman Chernikov 306-657-3814
Associate Scientist: Emilio Heredia 306-657-3576
Main Endstation Phone: 306-657-3626
Side Endstation Phone: 306-657-3627

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