Advanced Photon Source

An Office of Science National User Facility

Beamline 6-ID-D

Recent Research Highlights

Researchers used high energy XRD at beamline 6-ID-D, coupled with aerodynamic levitation, to study the liquid/solid transition of high-entropy alloys with an eye at enabling new generation materials with enhanced mechanical properties.
The behavior of iron at high temperatures and pressures plays an important part in our understanding of Earth's interior. Scientists must quantify how iron's physical and chemical characteristics are both affected by and affect the environment within Earth's mantle and core to make sense of the reactions which molten, subsurface magmas undergo. Researchers using high-brightness x-rays at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source at Argonne monitored the behavior of a model iron silicate melt to investigate how its structure and oxidation state change as a function of the amount of oxygen present. These new results — using melts based on fayalite (Fe2SiO4), the iron-rich end-member of the olivine solid-solution series — reveal contrasting behavior between this melt and more silicic magmas, including basaltic melts.
6-ID-D, 20-BM-B
Researchers used high energy diffraction measurements of aerodynamically-levitated, glass-forming liquids at 6-ID-D to investigate the liquid and glass structures of Sodium Borate. The goal is to discover glasses that are more functional and test models of glass formation.

Beamline 6-ID-D is operated by the Magnetic Materials Group in the X-ray Science Division (XSD) of the Advanced Photon Source.

This is a high energy (50 - 130 keV) beamline used for structural studies primarily on single crystal materials.

Local Contacts
Douglas Robinson (General Diffraction)     630.252.0247
Chris J. Benmore (Pair Distribution Function)     630.252.4207