SWING beamline provides information on the structure of matter at scales varying between nanometer and micrometer, by x-ray small-angle and wide-angle scattering (SAXS/WAXS). The beamline covers the energy range from 4.5 to 16 keV and includes ASAXS capabilities.The beamline SWING will help answering the numerous questions related to soft condensed matter, conformation of macro-molecules in solution and composite materials in material sciences.

Our experimental set up allows small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and wide-angle X-ray scattering measurements (WAXS) to be performed simultaneously in the 5-16 keV energy range, as well as grazing incidence small angle scattering (GISAXS). Anomalous scattering experiments will be facilitated. Emphasis will be put on the variety of samples that can be studied, solutions, gels, amorphous solids, crystallised solids and the corresponding diversity of sample environments.

Our own environments include a rheometer, a heating cell, a capillary and gel motorized sampler, a vacuum cell for GISAXS, ...

Beamline Energy Resolution
2 * 10-4 [meV] @ 12 [eV]
Beamline Energy Range
4.5 - 16 [eV]
Max Flux On Sample
1 * 1012 [ph/s] @ 16 [keV]
1 * 1013 [ph/s] @ 7 [keV]
Spot Size On Sample Hor
200 - 400 [um]
Spot Size On Sample Vert
20 - 200 [um]
Angle Of Incidence Light On Sample Value
7.2 [degrees]
Endstations or Setup

AutoSampler for BioSaxs

Description
Sample volume: 10 to 50µL

Sample Concentration: 0.2 to 10mg/mL

Sample every 2.5 min (pipetting, injection, measurement, cleaning and drying).
96 vials capacity

No dead time between batch and SEC-SAXS experiments

Thermalized vials holder (5-10 to 60 °C)

Injection rates of : 10 to 100 µl.min-1

Injection possible up to 30 % glycerol in water / 250 g.l-1 BSA

Automated workflows for injections and data analysis

IspyB database.

Sample

Sample Type
Liquid
Required Sample Volume
10 [uL]

Circulation Capillaries Holder

Description
3 capillaries of Ø 1,5 mm

Capillaries are vertically spaced of 15 mm

20 mm horizontal scanning length

Thermalization between 5-60 °C

Circulation through the capillaries can be done using various setups :

Peristaltic pump

Swing injection robot

Syringe driver

Manual injection

Sample

Sample Type
Liquid

Gel Holder

Sample

Sample Type
Gel

HPLC: SEC-SAXS

Description
Sample volume: 10 to 100µL

Sample Concentration: 1 to 30mg/mL

Two independent circuits of purification (can connect two columns with 2 different buffers).

Combination of the SEC-SAXS system with MALS and RI is now available at user request.

Automated workflows for injections and data analysis

IspyB database

Sample

Sample Type
Liquid
Required Sample Volume
10 [uL]

Linkam

Description
Linkam THMS600

Temperature range: -196 to 600 °C

Up to 150°C/min heating and 100°C/min Cooling

Capillaries have to be Ø 1,5 mm maximum and cut in order to reach 20 mm length otherwise it won’t fit in the linkam cell

Dedicated linkam software

Sample

Sample Type
Liquid

Micro-fluidic

Sample

Sample Type
Liquid

Mixing and pipetting cell

Description
5-10 ml mixing cell

Sample pipetting through a Ø 1,5 mm quartz capillary

Possible Injection into the mixing cell through an injecting hole synchronized with detection

Thermalization possible between 5-10 °C to 60 °C

Automated workflows for injections and data analysis


The sample is drawn in the capillary only and at the required height. After X-ray exposition, it’s reinjected into the mixing cell.

Sample

Sample Type
Liquid
Required Sample Volume
5 [mL]

Rheometer

Description
Rheometer Anton Paar MCR 501

X-ray transparent Couette cells

Couette cells are of 10 mm radius, a height of 17 mm and gaps values (Re – Ri) of 0.5 or 0.2 mm

Sample Volume is of about 1 ml

Sample

Sample Type
Gel, Liquid

Static Capillaries Holder

Description
Horizontal and Vertical positions

20 capillaries of Ø 1,5 mm (Ø 1 mm possible)

5 mm high scanning windows behind the capillaries

5 mm gap between capillaries

Thermalization between 5-60 °C

Automated workflows for injections and data analysis

Sample

Sample Type
Liquid

Traction Cell

Description
Max. Working load: 111 N

Max. working length : 6 mm

Resolution 0.05 N

Step : 0,5 µm
Techniques
Scattering
  • Anomalous scattering
  • Small angle scattering
  • Time-resolved scattering
  • Wide angle scattering
Disciplines
Life Sciences & Biotech
  • Molecular and cellular biology
  • Protein and macromolecular structures
Material Sciences
  • Knowledge based multifunctional materials
Physics
  • Soft condensed matter physics
control/Data analysis
Control Software Type
  • TANGO + GlobalScreen + Passerelle
Data Output Type
  • images + curves + metadata (T°, transmitted/incoming intensity, positions, ...)
Data Output Format
  • NeXus files + ASCII (+ EDF if needed)
Softwares For Data Analysis
  • Foxtrot
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