Welcome to Structures and Surfaces

The recent Science Division reorganisation has resulted in a rationalisation of the beamlines that were originally members of the Surfaces & Interfaces village. The new Structures and Surfaces Group consists of four beamlines, I05 (Angle Resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy – ARPES), I07 (Surface and Interface X-ray Diffraction), B07 (Versatile Soft X-ray Scattering – VERSOX) and I09 (Surface and Interface Structural Analysis – SISA). There will be a much closer working relationship within this new structure, including more extensive internal collaborative research and improved offline facilities to serve the user community. The alignment has extended beyond just the science division and we are now able to work much more closely with engineering colleagues and software developers that are aligned with the new groups, leading to common solutions across the beamlines.

Obvious overlap in the science programmes will be developed, such as Angle Resolved PhotoElectron Spectroscopy (ARPES) on I05, B07 and I09, who have also been offering hard X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (HAXPES) for studying bulk electronic structures. Beamlines I07 and B07 will strengthen the programme in areas of non-ultrahigh vacuum (non-UHV) studies including catalysis and electrochemistry. The new structure will also encourage cross group developments and we expect strong interactions with the Magnetic Materials Group, Spectroscopy beamlines and the Soft Condensed Matter Group in a number of science areas such as energy materials or catalysis. The grouping will enhance our ability to work more closely with user groups, offering a comprehensive range of techniques to non-specialists that will aid understanding of their science problems.


I05-ARPES is a facility dedicated to the study of electronic structures of solids and their surfaces by Angle-Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy (ARPES). The ultra-high vacuum low temperature high resolution ARPES end station is served by an intense, highly monochromatic VUV to XUV photon beam from a variable polarisation Apple II undulator.

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Wavelength: 60 - 5 nm; 2.5 nm
Energy: 18 - 240 eV

B07 VERSOX: Versatile Soft X-ray

B07 will be a highly versatile soft x-ray beamline for NEXAFS/XPS suitable for studies of heterogenous catalysis, pharmaceuticals & biomaterials under realistic conditions, electronic & photonic materials, atmospheric & space science on liquids/ices and heritage conservation.

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Wavelength: 24.8 - 0.44 nm
Energy: 50 - 2800 eV

I07 Surface and Interface Diffraction

I07 is a high-resolution X-ray diffraction beamline for investigating the structure of surfaces and interfaces under different environmental conditions, including, for example, semiconductors and biological films.

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Wavelength: 0.4 - 2.0 Å
Energy: 6 - 30 keV

I09 SISA: Surface and Interface Structural Analysis

I09 is designed to provide both soft and hard X-rays for high-resolution studies of atomic and electronic structures of surfaces and interfaces using photoelectron spectroscopy, near edge X-ray absorption fine structure, X-ray standing waves and photoelectron diffraction.

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Energy: 100 - 2100 eV; 2.1 - 20 keV

Science Group Leader

Chris Nicklin

Email: chris.nicklin@diamond.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1235 778523

LaserPEEM/LEEM offline facility for surface preparation and characterisation

A new multidisciplinary nanoscience imaging facility, using PhotoEmission Electron Microscopy (PEEM) and Low-Energy Electron Microscopy (LEEM), is now available.

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