The XRD1 beamline is an experimental station dedicated to X-ray powder diffraction analysis in the hard x-rays (5.5 to 14 keV) energy range. It focus on the determination of structural parameters of polycrystalline samples, with applications to physics, chemistry, materials science, materials engineering, environmental and geosciences, pharmacy, biology. It is also possible to study the samples in a large range of temperatures (100 – 1070 K).
In a Synchrotron Light Source, the beamlines are the experimental stations where materials are analyzed. They function as complex microscopes that focus synchrotron radiation so that it illuminates the samples under study and allow the observation of their microscopic properties.