The Synchrotron Advantage

Synchrotron light's high brilliance, high intensity, sharp focus, and tunability give synchrotron science a huge advantage over conventional techniques.

Many synchrotron techniques can be performed with little to no sample manipulation or preparation before analysis, detecting even low concentrations of elemental forms. Fast, in-situ, non-destructive experiments allow CLS scientists to use our tools in a broad range of research areas, furthering knowledge in fields from health, agriculture, the environment, and advanced materials to astrophysics and cultural heritage.

Scientific Excellence

Since coming into user operations in 2005, the Canadian Light Source (CLS) has facilitated 2,416 peer-reviewed publications, 85 per cent of which were produced by Canadian researchers in the disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology, animal and human health, agriculture, engineering, archaeology, geology and paleontology.

Unique in Canada, the CLS enables an extremely wide range of science projects on multiple experimental stations (beamlines) operating simultaneously. The beamlines are optimised for select parts of the light spectrum and used in a broad range of experimental techniques including spectroscopy, diffraction, imaging from the macro to the nanoscale and combinations thereof. Data collection can be relatively rapid (on the order of sub-second) and is of a quality and breadth not possible at any other facility in Canada.

Accessing Our Facilities

The CLS hosts a wide range of techniques and facilities that enable research in a variety of scientific sectors, with each beamline offering a unique spectral range providing different elemental information. To find a beamline that suits your intended research, explore by scientific sector or technique, or search through our Beamline Directory. Look through our access mechanisms to see how you can apply to run your experiment at a CLS beamline.

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6-30 keV 5-40 keV 5-20 keV 6-19 keV 5-24 keV 7-22 keV 20-94 keV (0.61-0.13 Angstrom) 28-140 keV 12.6-40 keV 5-32 keV 5-21 keV 4.3-27 keV 2.7-32.7 keV 2.7-32.7 keV APS 20-BM-B 4.3-27 keV APS 20-ID-B,C 5-21 keV BioXAS-Imaging 5-32 keV BioXAS-Spectroscopy 12.6-40 keV BMIT-BM 28-140 keV BMIT-ID 20-94 keV (0.61-0.13 Angstrom) BXDS-WHE 7-22 keV BXDS-WLE 5-24 keV BXDS-IVU 6-19 keV CMCF-BM 5-20 keV CMCF-ID 5-40 keV HXMA 6-30 keV VESPERS 15-250 eV 15-1200 eV 95-2000 eV 250-2000 eV 130-2700 eV 1-15 keV 1.7-10 keV 15-250 eV VLS-PGM 15-1200 eV QMSC 95-2000 eV REIXS 250-2000 eV SGM 130-2700 eV SM 1.7-10 keV SXRMB 1-15 keV SyLMAND 5-1000 cm^-1 5-1000 cm^-1 Far-IR 1 cm-1 10 cm-1 100 cm-1 1000 cm-1 10000 cm-1 560-6000 cm^-1 560-6000 cm^-1 Mid-IR Far IR Mid - IR 1 eV 10 eV 100 eV 1 keV 10 keV 100 keV 1 MeV Infrared Range

How can we help?

Not sure where to start? Wanting guidance on which beamline would be right for your research? Send us your questions and we will do our best to match you with the beamline or scientists that can help make your research ambitions a reality!

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