Max IV and ESS

Developing instrumentation for ESS and MAX IV

CMC is very active in developing new instrumentation at the new large scale facilities ESS and MAX IV in Lund. Two instruments are being developed under the common theme: ‘Real materials under real conditions in real time’. In other words, both instruments will study the structure and properties of materials under working conditions. 

At ESS, the most powerful neutron source in the world, CMC scientists are heading the design and construction of the instrument, HEIMDAL. This instrument will perform both powder diffraction, small angle scattering and imaging. By combining these techniques in one instrument researches will gain insight in both the atomic, nano and microstructure of the materials they study. HIEIMDAL will utilize the special properties of neutrons to study light elements which are essential components in many important energy materials, e.g. modern Li-ion batteries.

Do you want to know more about HEIMDAL? Sonja L. Holm et al. published a paper about the instrument in August 2016. Read it here. (doi:

Illustration of HEIMDAL.

MAX IV is the first of a new generation of synchrotron storage rings and with its ground breaking magnet design, the facility will deliver some of the brightest X-ray beams in the world. CMC scientists are, in close collaboration with colleagues at DTU, designing and constructing the new beamline DanMAX. At this beamline two powerful techniques; powder diffraction and imaging are combined to create a unique instrumental platform for materials science. A clear focus at DanMAX is to develop a large and versatile portfolio of sample environments to facilitate all the exciting experiments the large user community demands. The powder diffraction instrument at DanMAX will allow studies of atomic structures with a time resolution in the millisecond range. The imaging instrument will have various contrast modes and a resolution better than 50 nm.