The hard X-ray nanoprobe of MAX IV – NanoMAX – is designed to take full advantage of MAX IV’s exceptionally low emittance and the resulting coherence properties of the X-ray beam. Two endstations provide a high-flux diffraction-limited KB mirror focus, and an X-ray microscope based on zone plate optics.

Upcoming proposal call

The next call for proposals (deadline March 14th 2022) will offer continued use of the diffraction endstation, including Bragg-geometry measurements as well as fluorescence element mapping and forward imaging capabilities. In addition the imaging endstation, now in commissioning with expert users, will open for general users at baseline capacity.

Users applying for both endstations are encouraged to contact beamline staff well before the deadline to discuss your proposal.

Techniques (as of Fall 2022 call)

Available forTechnique description
General UsersScanning X-ray diffraction and coherent imaging in the Bragg geometry
General UsersForward ptychography and CDI
General UsersX-Ray Fluorescence mapping in 2D
General UsersPtycho-tomography (at baseline capacity, contact beamline staff when applying).
General UsersX-ray fluorescence tomography (at baseline capacity, contact beamline staff when applying).
Training & EducationApplications of the above techniques to a model system provided by the applicant


4th generation X-ray brilliance and nanoscale microscopy reveal clearest crystalline form

image: (left) 3D volume rendering (iso-surface) of crystalline Si-star with Bragg-ptychography, (center), atomic displacement along the z direction. The color map shows strain (dimensionless) (right) SEM image of the same Si-star sample, for comparison. Credit: Dina Carbone To capture extraordinary nanoscale details in crystallography takes the powerful coherent flux of a 4th generation light source.