Beamline papers

The paper should include a table that provides the details outlined below.


Table 1
Beamline details
Beamline name
Source type
Mirrors
Monochromator
Energy range (keV)
Wavelength range (Å)
Beam size (uncollimated) (µm)
Beam size (collimated, typical) (µm)
Flux (uncollimated) (photons s-1)[and wavelength for flux measurement (Å)]
Flux (collimated, typical) (photons s-1)[and wavelength for flux measurement (Å)]
Goniometer[single vs kappa/n-circle]
Cryo capability[liquid nitrogen available?]
Sample mounting[sample mounter type/manual]
Detector type
Detector model
2θ capabilities


The method by which the flux was determined should be specified (divergence settings, beam size and shape when collimated).

The paper should include a schematic diagram of the beamline that clarifies the information given in Table 1.


[beamline figure]

Figure 1
A schematic diagram of the beamline.

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Beamline papers are short descriptive papers providing details of beamlines available to users at synchrotron and free-electron laser facilities around the world. They should normally be about three journal pages (about 3000 words) in length. Beamline papers should be based on the following format:

  • Article length - two to three pages.
  • Title - should include the name of the beamline.
  • Synopsis - one or two sentences for the Table of Contents.
  • Abstract - should be approximately 100 words.
  • Keywords - up to five keywords should be supplied.
  • Article content - text, tables and figures should be prepared as described below.

1. Introduction

The basic background of the beamlines/facility should be provided, including a brief description of its history and funding of the facility.

2. Beamline overview

This section should contain a brief description of the source and associated end stations, as well as the types of experiments available. Reference to Table 1 should be made.

3. Ancillary facilities

The sample preparation areas, computing and other facilities, and services that facilitate smooth data collection should be described. The availability of robotics and software should also be covered here.

4. Facility access

Access to the facility via general user programs, CAT/PRT mechanisms and mail-in services should be described.

5. Highlights

This section should highlight recent research results from the beamline.

6. Discussion and conclusions

A limited discussion of the end-station and its features should be included. This section also allows for the announcement of upgrades currently underway.

7. Acknowledgements

8. References