Beamline 5-ID-B,C,D: Sector 5 - Insertion Device Beamline

Materials Science, Polymer Science


The 5-ID beamline contains three end stations for use by general users.  

 The 5-ID-B station contains a custom 11-detector powder camera. This system has 11 Si(111) analyzer crystals and operates at an energy of ~ 17.5 keV for high-resolution powder diffraction measurements. The system has a six-position sample changer for capillaries. WAXS measurements with a MAR165 detector can also be performed.  

 The 5-ID-C station has two instruments, a kappa diffractometer for in-air or small sample environment cells, and a UHV chamber with MBE and other capabilities. This station has post-monochromator optics for beam conditioning primarily for x-ray standing wave measurements. The UHV system and the post-monochromator optics are only available to general users in a collaborative mode.  

 The 5-ID-D station contains a pinhole small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) camera with a maximum sample-to-detector distance of approximately 7.5 m. Simultaneous small-, medium- and wide-angle diffraction (SAXS/MAXS/WAXS) with custom Rayonix fast frame-transfer CCD detectors is available on 5-ID-D, including an optional in-vacuum flow cell for solution SAXS/MAXS/WAXS.  


Supported Techniques

  • Powder diffraction
  • X-ray standing waves
  • X-ray optics development/techniques
  • Small-angle x-ray scattering
  • Surface diffraction
  • X-ray reflectivity
  • Wide-angle x-ray scattering

Beamline Controls and Data Acquisition

Linux running custom control code for motors and actuators on all systems. SPEC used to control diffractometers. Vendor-supplied software used to control CCD detectors.


  • Scintillation detectors
  • Mar 165 mm CCD detector
  • Microphotonics GEMSTAR 2-D detector
  • Rayonix SAXS/MAXS/WAXS system
  • 11-detector powder camera
  • Vortex Silicon Drift Detector

Additional Equipment

  • Small kappa 5-circle diffractometer
  • Capillary lens
  • In-vacuum SAXS setup
  • Simultaneous SAXS/WAXS
  • Instron servo-hydraulic tensile stage (collaboration only)
  • Solution SAXS in-vacuum flow cell

Local Contacts

Phone 630.252.0224
Phone 630.252.0222

Beamline Specs


3.3 Undulator (Undulator A)

Monochromator Type


Energy Range

6-17.5 keV

Resolution (ΔE/E)

1 x 10 -4

Flux (photons/sec)

5 x 1012 @12 keV

Beam Size (HxV)


500µm x 1000µm


2mm x 1mm

For additional information see:

Current Status:

Operational/Accepting General Users

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