SESAME Phase-1 Beamlines

The selection of SESAME’s seven Phase 1 beamlines was based on input from five scientific workshops and the early Users’ Meetings in which several hundred Middle East scientists participated, on 70 proposals received, and joint meetings of the Scientific Advisory Committee of SESAME and the now defunct Beamlines Advisory Committee of SESAME.
These beamlines are the following:
  1. XAFS/XRF (X-ray Absorption Fine Structure/X-ray Fluorescence) spectroscopy, the ‘day-one’ beamline to be ready in March/April 2017
  2. IR (Infrared Spectromicroscopy), the second ‘day-one’ beamline, in this case that to start operations in April/May 2017
  3. MS (Materials Science), the beamline to be completed at the end of the third quarter of 2017
  4. MX (Macromolecular Crystallography), the beamline to be completed in 2019
  5. VUV (Soft X-ray Vacuum Ultraviolet)
  6. SAXS/WAXS (Small Angle and Wide Angle X-ray Scattering)
  7. EUV (Extreme Ultraviolet) spectroscopy

Plans for the VUV, SAXS/WAXS and EUV beamlines are currently being reviewed and updated.



Energy Range 

Source Type 


X-ray Absorption Fine Structure/X-ray Fluorescence (XAFS/XRF)

4.5-30 keV 

Bending Magnet 


IR Spectro-microscopy (IR)

0.001-3 eV 

Bending Magnet 


Materials Science (MS)

5-25 keV 

2.1 Tesla MPW



Macromolecular Crystallography (MX)

~4 ~14 keV 

In Vacuum Undulator

                          Energy Range and Source of the day one Beamlines


Soft X-ray vacuum ultraviolet (VUV)

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