Hippie is a soft X-ray beamline designed to deliver high intensity photon flux (1012 ph/s) with exceptional resolution (up to 40 000 eV) by fully utilises very low emittance of the 3 GeV ring.


Main Beamline Parameters

Energy Range270 eV - 2200 eV
Resolutionup to 40000
Photon Flux> 1012 ph/s
Spot Size60 x 60 µ2

Hippie beamline resolving power obtained from gas phase Xe 3p XPS.Beamline can achieve 30000-40000 resolving power at 5-10 µ slit size.

Hippie beamline flux is higher than 1012 ph/s up to 1800 eV with even with R ~ 10000

* Flux is given for 500 mA storage ring current

X-Ray Source


TypeAPPLE II with permanent magnets
Period Length53 mm
Physical Length4 m (placed inside 5m straight section)
Accessible PolarisationsLinear (inc. Horizontal), Elliptical, Circular

Beamline Optics


(to ring)
(away from ring)
(away from ring)
Distance, m24Variable26273947
Incidence Angle 0° - 9°0° - 12°1.5°-1.5°
Optical Size, mm320 x 10370x10130 x 10120x28-130x20
Roughness, Å3333-3

The beamline uses a Collimated Plane Grating Monochromator (cPGM), a monochromator type which was developed at BESSY. Currently only one branchline (AP-XPS) is planned to be build. However, it will be possible to build a second branchline by inserting another focusing mirror in the beam path. The other branch will then only need a refocusing mirror, since its exit slit and vacuum components are already installed.

The first optical element (M1) in the beamline is a toroidal mirror, which collimates the beam vertically and focuses the beam horizontally onto the exit slit. The cPGM consists of a plane mirror and one or more plane gratings. The dispersed radiation from the grating is focused horizontally onto the exit slit by the cylindrical focusing mirror (M3). The refocusing for the AP-XPS branch is accomplished by a single toroidal mirror (M4) with tangential and sagittal exit arms of 2 m and 2.060 m, respectively. In this way, the mirror does not image the vertical opening of the exit slit directly, but the vertical image size at the sample plane (2 m from M4) is dictated by the vertical divergence of the beam, which can be controlled by the monochromator. All the mirrors, except for the plane mirror in the monochromator, deflect horizontally – hence, all slope errors and heat load deformations on these mirrors are diminished in the dispersion plane in a well-known manner.

The calculated maximum resolution of the beamline is limited mostly by the diffraction limit set by the grating at low C-value. Increasing the C-value will decrease that contribution, and for the installed grating the slope errors become dominant.. However, a resolution between 40000 (at 400 eV) and 20 000 (at 1000 eV) is easily within reach. Below is shown the calculated flux for R = 10 000 (red) and the linear variation of R from 40 000 (at 400 eV) to 20 000 (at 1000 eV) as well as the spot pattern on the sample.

For more detailed discussion of EPU53 and beamline optics, please see following documents

HIPPIE Appendix C – Report Rami Sankari