Canadian Light Source

Beamline Directory

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BioXAS Imaging beamline is a multi-resolution X-ray fluorescence (XRF) imaging beamline with capabilities to collect XRF imaging data in macro-, micro- and nano-modes. The former two scanning modes are accepting General Users’ proposals and the latter is currently under commissioning.


BioXAS Spectroscopy is a set of two beamlines specifically designed to measure the XAS spectra of transition elements in bulk biological samples with diluted concentrations.

BMIT - Biomedical Imaging and Therapy Facility

The BMIT facility consists of two beamlines (low-energy BMIT-BM and high-energy BMIT-ID beamline). It is dedicated to imaging of biological tissues and radiation therapy research. New instruments are successfully applied for general-purpose X-ray microtomography and imaging of fast processes.

BXDS - Brockhouse Diffraction Sector

BXDS is a suite of three beamlines providing a wide range of complementary diffraction and scattering techniques to characterize the structure of materials.

CLS@APS - Canadian Access to the Advanced Photon Source

The CLS@APS programme represents a partnership between the Canadian Light Source (CLS) and the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, USA.

CMCF - Canadian Macromolecular Crystallography Facility

CMCF is an umbrella facility which operates two beamlines, CMCF-ID and CMCF-BM, at the Canadian Light Source. Together, both beamlines enable high-resolution structural studies of proteins, nucleic acids and other macromolecules, satisfying the requirements of the most challenging and diverse crystallographic experiments.

EIML - Electron Imaging & Microanalysis Lab

The Electron Imaging and Microanalysis Lab is a facility with flexibility for the analysis of any type of soft or hard materials, including in situ dynamic studies in a natural state and a range of environmental conditions (high vacuum, low vacuum and wet/humid reactive environments). The EIML permits the study and development of novel materials as well as the analyses of biological samples without the requirement of preparation methods that can or may introduce artefacts.

Far-IR - Far Infrared Spectroscopy

Far-IR provides infrared light 100 – 1000 times brighter than standard laboratory sources, allowing the spectroscopic study of molecules with much higher precision and sensitivity.

HXMA - Hard X-ray Micro-Analysis Beamline

HXMA can be used to study the elemental local structure environment of materials in-situ and ex-situ, accommodating bulk and thin film samples.

IDEAS - Industry, Development, Education, Applications, Students Beamline

The IDEAS Beamline is dedicated to industrial applications, development and Education. Unique at the CLS, IDEAS has no peer-reviewed access with all users scheduled internally through our industrial, education, and in-house research groups.

Mid-IR - Mid Infrared Spectromicroscopy

Mid-IR provides a state-of-the-art Fourier Transform IR spectrometer and microscope to supply diffraction-limited spatial resolution to an ever-widening range of experimental configurations. Research and development will explore new experiments and re-examine existing techniques by applying the advantages of high brightness infrared synchrotron light.

QMSC - Quantum Materials Spectroscopy Centre

QMSC hosts two endstations designed for both angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES) and spin-resolved photoemission (SARPES) experiments, enabling the examination of many interesting questions generated by the correlated motion of electrons in materials.

REIXS - Resonant Elastic and Inelastic X-ray Scattering

A state-of-the-art soft X-ray scattering facility featuring high flux, high resolution and full polarization control. Suitable for studying novel and advanced quantum materials, including strongly correlated electron systems, spintronic materials, high Tc superconductor, nano-scale biomaterials, and more.

SGM - Spherical Grating Monochromator Beamline

The SGM beamline is designed for soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy with an emphasis on environmental samples and catalytic materials. An easily accessible endstation, utilizing four silicon drift detectors, is highly configurable and ideal for performing in-situ and in-operando experiments.

SM - Soft X-ray Spectromicroscopy

SM supports research programs ranging from polymer science, environmental science, and biological applications to novel material design and magnetic imaging.

SXRMB - Soft X-ray Microcharacterization Beamline

SXRMB is a medium energy x-ray beamline which supports, but is not limited to, research from the biological, environmental, and chemical sciences.

SyLMAND - Synchrotron Laboratory for Micro And Nano Devices

SyLMAND consists of a dedicated x-ray lithography beamline and pre- and post-processing laboratories in a cleanroom environment.

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

VESPERS is a hard X-ray microprobe beamline capable of providing a high level of complementary structural and analytical information.

VLS-PGM - Variable Line Spacing Plane Grating Monochromator Beamline

Facilitating research in materials of both fundamental and applied nature, the VLS-PGM beamline provides high resolution, low energy spectroscopic studies. We invite users and collaborators to discuss their proposal with the Beamline Staff before submission. This is crucial for a careful assessment of the experiment feasibility.