Ipê Beamline

IPÊ1 beamline is dedicated to high-resolution resonant Inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) in the soft X-ray range (100 – 2000 eV). These complimentary techniques of spectroscopy and scattering allow the characterization of the chemical composition, electronic structure, and elementary excitations in solids and molecular systems.

Analysis of XAS and XPS using soft X-ray allows quantitative determination of the chemical composition of the near-surface region of solid samples, which is crucial information to several areas from thin films and electronic devices to enzymes and catalysis. XPS and XAS are also important to determine the electronic structure of materials. RIXS goes one step further in the understanding of the properties of materials by directly probing the spectrum and dispersion of excitations, such as excitons magnons, and phonons, which determine several materials’ properties, such as magnetism, electronic conductivity, thermal conductivity, polarizability, among others.

This broad view of the electronic structure and excitations provided by IPÊ might assist not only the understanding of materials’ properties but also guide the design of new materials with tailored functionalities. Also, it might be used to fine-tune theoretical models widely used to describe the electronic structure of solids and molecules.

1 Inelastic scattering and PhotoElectron spectroscopy


Facility E-mail: ipe@lnls.br

Coordination: Tulio C. R. Rocha
Tel.: +55 19 3512 1292
E-mail: tulio.rocha@lnls.br

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The optics of IPÊ deflect the X-ray beam into two branches allowing the installation of two endstations permanently connected to the beamline. One of these endstations is dedicated to RIXS and the other to XPS, while both can perform XAS measurements.


Status: open for users.


XPS is a surface-sensitive quantitative spectroscopic technique based on the photoelectric effect that can identify the elements that exist within a material (elemental composition) or are covering its surface (1-10 nm). XPS is a powerful measurement technique because it not only shows what elements are present but also what other elements they are bonded to. XPS and XAS are also important to determine the electronic structure of materials. While XPS probes the occupied states of the core and valence electrons, XAS measure the unoccupied states projected on the absorbing atom.

Geometry of the experiments at the XPS endstation of IPE.



The XPS endstation is composed of an electron analyzer SPECS Phoibos 150 with a 9-channeltron detector connected to a main chamber, which has a manipulator with 4-axis (X, Y, Z, theta) that performs positioning and rotation of the samples in the X-ray beam. A pre-chamber serves both as a load lock for fast sample loading and a reactor for heat treatments under a controlled gas atmosphere.  The electron analyzer is positioned in the horizontal plane at a fixed angle of 90o relative to the incident X-ray beam, but the sample can be rotated to adjust the desired incidence angle (θin) and photoemission angle (θout). Several experiments are possible at the XPS endstation.


Experiment Information STATUS
Core-level XPS Surface composition and speciation Available
Sputtering In situ surface cleaning Available
Depth profile
Depth distribution of species Available
XAS in TEY mode Near-surface local chemical environment Available
XAS in TFY mode Bulk sensitive XAS Available
XAS in AEY mode Surface sensitive XAS Available
HV annealing Ex situ heating in high vacuum Available
RAES Core-hole lifetime and dynamics Available
RPES Projected DOS Commissioning
Valence UPS  Electronic structure, band bending Commissioning
Gas annealing Ex situ heating in gas atmosphere Development
Vacuum suitcase Sample transfer under UHV from LCIS Development
Chemical mapping lateral distribution of species Development



Samples for XPS can be solids in any form (powders, foils, thin films, composites, or crystals), but must be compatible with ultra-high vacuum (UHV) conditions. The main chamber normally operates at 1-2 10-8 mbar, but if the experiment requires, it can be baked out down to ~ 8 10 -10 mbar (contact staff). Be aware that samples with considerable degassing (wet or high porosity) must be kept longer at the load lock until safe pressure for transfer is reached. Also, the samples must be moderately conductive to avoid surface charging, which distorts the measurements. In the case of insulating samples, a flood gun is available to electrically neutralize the surface minimizing shifts and lineshape distortions.

Samples are typically fixed on metal plates that are attached to the sample holder and transferred under UHV to the manipulator. We provide two models of sample holders (~30×30 mm) that can accommodate multiple samples and special holders for annealing. Detailed drawings of the standard sample plates in pdf format can be found here. Custom sample environments could be used if required by the experiment, but this must be discussed with the beamline staff in advance. The beamline has a small sample preparation room with common supplies, tools, and equipment used for the manipulation of solids. Contact staff if your sample requires special preparation conditions.

XPS experiments in the presence of gases or liquids are NOT possible with the current setup

Standard XPS sample holder for solid samples fixed with carbon tape on metallic plates.

Please do not hesitate to contact the beamline staff for more information on samples and environments.


Status: technical commissioning


Resonant inelastic X-ray scattering is a photon-in/photon-out technique that measures the energy and momentum change of photons scattered by the sample. The energy and momentum lost in the inelastic process are transferred to intrinsic excitations inside the material under study. RIXS has some unique features that distinguish it from other inelastic techniques based on the scattering of neutrons (INS), electrons (EELS), or light (Raman), commonly used to study elementary excitations. It is bulk sensitive, requires only small sample volumes, it is element and orbital specific, polarization dependent, and covers a large scattering phase-space. With soft X rays in the range of 200 to 1200 eV, RIXS is particularly useful for studying 3d transition metals and light elements in complex oxides, correlated electron materials, molecular complexes, catalysts, and metalloenzymes, among others.

Geometry of the experiments at the RIXS endstation of IPE.


The RIXS endstation is composed of an in-house developed soft X-ray spectrometer based on a VLS cylindrical diffraction grating (2000 l/mm) and a high spatial resolution area detector (EMCCD RIXSCAM2). The spectrometer is connected to a main chamber with differentially pumped rotatable flange that allows continuous rotation under vacuum.  The radiation scattered by the sample is collected in the horizontal plane at a variable angle of 30-150 deg relative to the incident X rays. They are dispersed by a cylindrical VLS grating into a set of 2 EMCCD detectors that perform single photon counting. A high-precision manipulator with 4 axis (X, Y, Z, theta) performs the positioning of the samples in the X-ray beam and rotation to control the momentum transfer direction relative to the sample surface.

                The spectrometer is in the final stages of technical commissioning and in the beginning of scientific commisioning.

Experiment Information STATUS
RIXS low res. DE < 200 meV Available
Polycrystals Room temperature multistage Available
Cryo stage LHe cooling down to 15K Commissioning
RIXS medium res.  DE < 100 meV Commissioning
Liquids Si3N4 membrane cell Development
Single crystal In situ rotation chi-phi Development
RIXS high res. DE < 50 meV with full-lenght undulator Development


Samples for RIXS can be solids in any form (powders, foils, thin films, composites, or crystals), but must be compatible with UHV conditions.  However, high-quality single crystals or epitaxial thin films are necessary for high-resolution or momentum-resolved measurements. We typically fix the samples on carrier plates that are transferred under UHV to the sample holder in the manipulator. Our standard sample carriers are flag-style metal plates, compatible with SPECS sample holders. Detailed drawings of the standard plates in pdf format can be found here.  The main chamber normally operates at a base pressure of 5 10-9 mbar. It cannot be baked because of the special sealing for continuous rotations. The beamline provides a dedicated room for sample preparation with common supplies, tools, and equipment used for the manipulation of solids. Contact staff if your sample requires special preparation conditions.

Sample environment inserts with different functionalities can be mounted on the manipulator, but it must be specified in the proposal and discussed with the beamline staff in advance.  Currently, we have a standard room-temperature insert that can hold up to 3 sample plates. We are commissioning a cryogenic insert (ColdEdge open cycle He cryostat) that can hold only 1 sample plate. Additionally, we are working on a static cell for liquids based on Si3N4 membranes and a cryogenic insert with in-vacuum phi-chi rotations for single-crystal alignment.

Please do not hesitate to contact the beamline staff for more information on samples and environments.


The optics of IPÊ was specifically designed to exploit the fully diffraction limited soft X-ray source at the Sirius storage ring delivering very high resolving power and small spot size required for high-resolution experiments.


Element Type Position [m] Description
Source Insertion device 0 Planar Undulator (1.2 m/58 mm)
M1 Toroidal mirror 27 Horizontal focusing and vertical collimation
M2 Plane mirror 28.5 Change grating incidence angle
M3 Diffraction gratings 29 Energy dispersion (1100/400 l/mm)
M4 Cylindrical mirror 31 Vertical focusing at the slit
M5 Plane mirror 33 Branch selection
M6 Ellipsoidal mirror 81 Microfocus at XPS endstation
M7 Ellipsoidal mirror 91.5 Microfocos at RIXS endstation
M8 RIXS grating 93 Energy dispersion (2000 l/mm)



Parameter Value Condition
Energy range 100 -1800 eV Horizontal polarization
Resolving power 60.000 930 eV, cff = 5
Spot size RIXS 0.8 x 3.4 μm 930 eV, cff=5
Spot size XPS 4 x 5 μm 930 eV, cff = 2.2