ID19 - Microtomography beamline


ID19 is a hard X-ray beamline mainly devoted to (in situ) microtomography and high-speed radiography, with an intensive use of X-ray phase contrast. These techniques are applied to a wide variety of topics such as materials research, palaeontology and industrial applications. The high level of versatility of the beamline allows for adapting it to a wide range of experimental setups ranging from in situ studies with furnaces or gas gun up to low-dose imaging of soft tissue specimens.
Status:  open


  • Cultural Heritage
  • Materials and Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Life Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Physics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Chemistry


  • Materials research
  • Paleontology
  • Earth and environmental sciences
  • Life science
  • Cultural heritage
  • Food science
  • Medical physics
  • Industrial applications
  • Biomedical research
  • Biological systems


  • Imaging
  • Imaging, monochromatic
  • Imaging, phase-contrast
  • Imaging, pink beam
  • Laminography
  • Radiography
  • Tomography

Energy range

  • 10.0 - 250.0  keV

Beam size

  • Minimum (H x V) : 0.1 x 0.1  mm²
  • Maximum (H x V) : 60.0 x 15.0  mm²

Sample environments

  • Various in situ furnaces and mechanical loading stages


  • Various indirect area detectors, frequently with 2048 x 2048 pixels, pixel sizes between 0.2 micron and 30 micron and spatial resolving power between 1 micron and 100 micron. The given field of view is defined by the number of pixels and the pixel size chosen.

Technical details

ID19 is full-field imaging beamline which currently does not use any collimating or focusing optics. Tomographic modes include classical microtomography and (phase-sensitive) holotomography.


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