There are 15 operating beamlines and 3 commissioning beamlines at the CLS. Each beamline is unique and provides users with different techniques using synchrotron light. Below you will find information on all the beamlines. By clicking on the name of the beamline you will be redirected to a page with information about that specific beamline.

*For more detailed information regarding specific beamlines, click on the TITLES below*

Far IR - Far Infrared Spectroscopy

  • This beamline offers wavelengths of light that are very hard to obtain using conventional sources.
  • Infrared light causes specific vibrations in molecule bonds, so researchers can identify molecules by their precise vibration pattern.
  • Applications include simulations of molecules from space and organic chemistry.

Mid IR - Mid Infrared Spectroscopy

  • Imaging of living tissues to determine which molecules are present using signature vibrations caused by infrared light.
  • One use is the study of scar tissue formed in heart attack and burn victims, as well as plaques formed in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

SGM - High Resolution Spherical Grating Monochromator

  • This beamline uses long-wavelength (soft) X-rays, which have little penetration. This is useful for studying chemical properties of materials.
  • Used in soil sciences, materials studies, and geology. The techniques have been used to follow nitrogen speciation through a cow’s digestive system.
  • Study of oxides, some of which are destructive, while others actually protect surfaces. Used in developing new paints and coatings.

VLS-PGM - Variable Line Spacing Plane Grating Monochromator

  • Uses long wavelengths of light (both soft X-ray and ultraviolet) to study surface science, that is, what happens where surfaces meet.
  • Provides information for building nanostructures, anti-wear coatings, and the surfaces of a variety of materials. One application is the study of anti-wear additives in motor oil that coat moving parts and extend engine life.

SM - Soft X-Ray Spectromicroscopy

  • Spectromicroscopy analyzes how light interacts with matter and images matter as in microscopy.
  • SM is particularly useful in the study of thin films and surfaces, and can provide detailed images of cell walls. It is also used in study of commercial molecules, such as polymers.

REIXS - Resonant Elastic and Inelastic X-Ray Scattering

  • For atomic-scale microscopy with applications in environmental science and advanced materials development.
  • Uses monochromatic coherent X-ray radiation to zoom in on an atom and its local environment.
  • Allows researchers to determine electronic, chemical and magnetic properties of materials.
  • Used in biomaterials research, nanoscale electronics development, and for the next generation of quantum devices.

CMCF - Canadian Macromolecular Crystallography Facility

  • Crystals scatter X-ray beams because of their wavelength. In crystallography, researchers collect data on how the light scatters, to construct an atom-by-atom model of the molecule.
  • Used primarily to understand protein structures, which is important to the knowledge of fundamental processes in virtually all fields of biological and medical sciences.
  • CMCF-ID is capable of satisfying the requirements of the most challenging and diverse crystallographic experiments (physically small crystals but with large cell dimensions making up the crystal).

VESPERS - Very Sensitive Elemental and Structural Probe Employing Radiation from a Synchrotron

  • Delivers micro-focused hard X-rays to solid materials, so that they can be analyzed with X-ray diffraction analysis, X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, and X-ray absorption spectrometry.
  • Research is mainly in earth and materials sciences, as the method can determine trace elements and crystal structure in microsamples.
  • Used in the study of transportation of toxic element traces in soils.

SXRMB - Soft X-Ray Microcharacterization Beamline

  • Uses wavelengths of light between soft and hard X-rays.
  • Applied mostly to study of transition elements used in material, life, environmental, geological, surface and soil science.

HXMA - Hard X-Ray MicroAnalysis

  • Hard X-rays used in X-ray absorption spectroscopy and diffraction.
  • Provides detailed information about the structure and chemical properties of molecules in samples.
  • Used to determine the fate of contaminants such as arsenic in mine wastes, or mercury from fish in the human diet.

SyLMAND - Synchrotron Laboratory for Micro and Nano Devices

  • Unique in North America, SyLMAND is dedicated to fabricating extremely small components – 100 to 1,000 times smaller than the thickness of a human hair – that can be used in revolutionary microelectromechanical (MEMS) devices.

BMIT - Biomedical Imaging and Therapy

  • Unique in North America, the BMIT facility’s two beamlines will offer advanced imaging for biological tissue in unprecedented detail, as well as high-precision radiation therapies for cancer. 
  • Core research programs include human and animal reproduction, cancer imaging and treatment, spinal cord injury and repair, cardiovascular imaging and disease, bone growth and development, arthritis and athletic injuries, dental conditions, mammography, developmental biology, gene expression research, development of new imaging methods as well as extending present imaging capabilities.

BXDS - Brockhouse X-Ray Diffraction and Scattering Sector

  • Brockhouse is a suite of 3 beamlines dedicated to using hard X-rays for diffraction and scattering techniques for material science. 
  • This beamline is currently under construction

QMSC - Quantum Materials Spectroscopy Center

  • QMSC uses a unique dual-undulator as the source for investigating novel and fundamentally important material in condensed matter physics.
  • This beamline is currently under construction

BioXAS - Biological X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy

  • BioXAS is designed for the purpose of imaging biological tissue and conducting radiation therapy research. 
  • This beamline is currently under construction.

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