Diamond Light Source
Beamline B07 - Versatile Soft X-ray (VERSOX)

The scientific aims outlined in the proposal for the VERSOX beamline are very diverse and include studies of heterogeneous catalysts, pharmaceuticals and biomaterials under realistic conditions, environmental and space science studies on liquids and ices, heritage conservation, and the study of electronic and photonic materials.

A common feature to all proposed studies is an interest in the chemical nature and composition of the near-surface regions of the samples, which are to be characterized using soft X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (NEXAFS/XANES).

They also have in common that they do not need extreme energy resolution or photon flux (in fact, many of the samples are extremely beam-sensitive), however they require non-standard sample environments  and detection techniques, which are not usually found or possible at standard soft X-ray beamlines of 3rdgeneration synchrotron sources.

Georg Held
Photoelectron emission
  • Angular Resolved PES
control/Data analysis
Control Software Type
  • GDA
Data Output Type
  • spectra
Data Output Format
  • nxs