The European Horizon 2020 project BEAmline for Tomography at SESAME (BEATS) will design, procure, construct and commission a beamline for hard X-ray full-field tomography at SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East).
A beamline for tomography at SESAME is aimed at serving user communities in the region, in particular the cultural heritage, archaeology and geology communities.
The layout of BEATS is inspired by TOMCAT, the tomography beamline at the Swiss Light Source (SLS). BEATS will be optimized for absorption and phase contrast imaging. Particular attention will be given to preserving the coherence of the X-rays.
BEATS is a collaboration between research facilities in the Middle East (SESAME and the Cyprus Institute), and European synchrotron radiation facilities ALBA-CELLS (Spain), DESY (Germany), the ESRF (France), Elettra (Italy), INFN (Italy), PSI (Switzerland) and SOLARIS (Poland).
The BEATS project was launched on 1st January 2019 and will run for four years, with first users on the beamline expected in June 2023.