Diamond Light Source
Beamline B16 - Test beamline

This is a flexible and versatile beamline for testing new developments in optics and detector technology and for trialling new experimental techniques. The beamlineprovides both white and monochromatic X-rays in several operational modes.

The B16 Test beamline works closely with the Optics andMetrology Group at Diamond.

The beamlineoperates in the4 –45 keV photon energy range and is used for the characterisation of optics, detectors and other instrumentation, and for the development of novel techniques and technologies.Main roles for the Test beamline are:

  • to test optical components and detectors and provide absolute / relative calibrations;
  • for the continual development of optics and detector programmes, without interrupting the schedule of the other beamlines;
  • to perform simple, exploratory experiments in new research areas (prior to the production of a full beamtime proposal);
  • to develop "proof of principle" experiments for new techniques;
  • to investigate beamline automation hardware and software.
Beamline Energy Resolution
1 * 10-2 [meV] @ 12 [eV]
2 * 10-4 [meV] @ 12 [eV]
Beamline Energy Range
4 - 45 [keV]
Max Flux On Sample
1 * 1012 [ph/s] @ 12 [eV]
Spot Size On Sample Hor
1 - 100000 [um]
Spot Size On Sample Vert
1 - 5000 [um]
Kawal Sawhney
  • Crystallography
  • Topography
Emission or Reflection
  • Micro XRF
  • Reflectrometry
  • X-ray fluorescence (XRF)
  • Fluorescence imaging
  • X-ray microscopy
  • X-ray tomography
  • Elastic scattering
  • Wide angle scattering
control/Data analysis
Control Software Type
  • GDA
Data Output Type
  • images, tabulated data
Data Output Format
  • csv, nxs, tiff