The PGM (Planar Grating Monochromator) beamline is an experimental station dedicated to X-ray Spectroscopy in the soft X-rays (100 to 1500 eV) energy range, with applications to the study of the electronic, magnetic and structural properties of materials. It is well equipped with in-situ preparation facilities, making it particularly suited for surface science and thin films characterization. In addition to that, it is offers instrumentation for microscopy and photoemission on liquids.
PGM’s source is an elliptical polarization undulator with a 50 mm period (EPU50), which allows the photon polarization to be switched among linear horizontal, linear vertical or circular polarization. Its optics is based on a standard planar grating monochromator (PGM) equipped with a 1500 l/mm variable line spacing (VLS) diffraction grating. It serves two branches that operate independently but not simultaneously.
The beamline provides several experimental end stations to users. Systems are available for X-ray absorption and its variants (linear and circular dichroism), photoemission (XPS and ARPES), photoemission microscopy (PEEM), XPS on liquids and soft X-ray diffraction.
Furthermore, the beam line is equipped with a full featured in-situ preparation system, which allows the user to grow thin films and heterostructures by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) with thermal evaporators and by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The samples can then be transferred under ultra-high vacuum conditions and be characterized by the techniques available at the beam line.