Canadian Light Source

Spectral Range

5 - 1200 cm-1 (synchrotron source)

30 - 5000 cm-1 (conventional sources)



  • ATR Infrared Spectroscopy
  • Photoacoustic Infrared Spectroscopy
  • Infrared Diffuse Reflection

Imaging & Microscopy

FTIR Spectromicroscopy

For detailed information about Far-IR techniques, visit


Far-IR supports any phase of sample - gas, solid, or liquid - with required amounts varying depending on the technique. While most work on Far-IR is gas-phase high-resolution spectroscopy, the versatility of infrared experiments means virtually any sample can be run at Far-IR.

Application Options
Gas Phase 2M gas cell
30cm gas cell
discharge cell
furnace cell
Solid Phase Limited required sample prep for ATR and PAS
pellet wheel (pictured)
Liquid Phase Limited required sample prep for ATR and PAS
demountable cell
Microscopy DAC cells
"sandwich" cells


CLS Port 02B1-1
Source Bending Magnet
Typical spot sizes Diffraction Limited
Maximum Photon Flux 1013 @ 100 μm
Resolution ≥ 0.001 cm-1


Brant Billinghurst
Senior Scientist, Beamline Responsible (Far-IR)

Visit the Far-IR website for a full list of beamline contacts.

Full Contact List

Beamline Video

Learn all about the Far-IR beamline from Brant Billinghurst, senior scientist and beamline responsible.


Purchased Access

Purchased access offers quick and accurate solutions to proprietary questions. CLS scientists develop experimental plans based on clients' needs, collect and analyze data, and provide detailed reports with key answers to critical questions.

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Peer-Reviewed Access

Academic clients can submit proposals through a peer review process. Beam time is granted based on scientific merit, with the expectation that any results will be published. In special cases, rapid access is also available for instrument or beam time.

Proposal Submission