X-Treme beamline at SLS: X-ray magnetic circular and linear dichroism at high field and low temperature

J Synchrotron Radiat. 2012 Sep;19(Pt 5):661-74. doi: 10.1107/S0909049512027847. Epub 2012 Jul 21.


X-Treme is a soft X-ray beamline recently built in the Swiss Light Source at the Paul Scherrer Institut in collaboration with École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The beamline is dedicated to polarization-dependent X-ray absorption spectroscopy at high magnetic fields and low temperature. The source is an elliptically polarizing undulator. The end-station has a superconducting 7 T-2 T vector magnet, with sample temperature down to 2 K and is equipped with an in situ sample preparation system for surface science. The beamline commissioning measurements, which show a resolving power of 8000 and a maximum flux at the sample of 4.7 × 10(12) photons s(-1), are presented. Scientific examples showing X-ray magnetic circular and X-ray magnetic linear dichroism measurements are also presented.

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  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't