We are studying the electronic structures of new and advanced materials. We are using synchrotron radiation to perform soft x-ray emission and absorption spectroscopy of systems like biomaterials, superconductors and transition metal compounds.

Canadian Light Source (CLS)

Beamlines at the CLS

Our Future Experiments at the Canadian Light Source:

  • Our beamline will be dedicated to Resonant Elastic and Inelastic X-ray Scattering (REIXS).
  • The Beamline will be dedicated to Materials Science studying the electronic structure of new and advanced materials.
  • The principle: Monochromatic synchrotron radiation falls on the sample and several signals from the sample, like the outgoing scattered or fluorescence photons, can be measured. These signals allow us to probe the electronic structure of the sample and draw conclusions about crystal, electronic, and magnetic structure, as well as chemical information.
Layout of the RIXS Beamline

Our beamline has been ranked 1st of all beamlines submitted in the 2nd round by the Facility Advisory committee and it has been given highest priority.

  • The Beamline will have two different endstations: One led by Alexander Moewes is entirely funded ($1,218,822). The 2nd one is lead by George Sawatzky at UBC and its funding is part of the package currently under revision with CFI. The Funding decision will be made in spring of 2004.
  • A large team with powerful and diverse science programs is in place.

With the CLS, Canada’s second largest research project, becoming operational, it is an exciting time for synchrotron-related research in Saskatoon in particular and Canada in general!

Performance of Our Beamline

The optical layout of the new beamline is in Figure 2. Two of the most important parameters for the performance of a beamline at a synchrotron are (1) the photon flux and (2) the resolution of the beam that is illuminating the sample. The performance (Figure 3) will be competitive with the best beamlines worldwide.

Our Collaborators