The Advanced Photon Source
a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility

Beamline 6-ID-D

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.
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.
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
By combining x-ray diffraction data from the U.S. Department of Energy’s APS with other structural data and computer modeling, researchers uncovered the secrets behind how a glass can act like a crystal.
When Too Much Order is a Bad Thing: Pioneering x-ray methods developed by these researchers and used at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source complimented by measurements at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source could lead to new strategies for improving rechargeable battery performance and a new way to study structural order in crystalline compounds.
Twisting, Flexible Crystals Key to Solar Energy Production: Long-hidden molecular dynamics that provide desirable properties for solar energy and heat energy applications to an exciting class of materials called halide perovskites have been revealed by researchers using two U.S. Department of Energy facilities including the Advanced Photon Source.
Building a Better Simulation for a Better Refractory Oxide: Properly testing refractory materials that are essential for industrial applications and processes in extreme environments is challenging, so researchers created a way to incorporate machine learning methods with quantum-mechanical calculations to achieve a large-system and -time-scale model for a common refractory oxide material and tested it at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source and Spallation Neutron Source.
Probing the Structure of a Promising NASICON Material: Research carried out at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source provides fresh insights into the process of homogeneous nucleation and identifying superstructural units in glass ― a necessary step in engineering effective solid-state electrolytes with enhanced ionic conductivity.
Induced Flaws in Quantum Materials Could Enhance Superconducting Properties: An international team of researchers using two U.S. Department of Energy national user facilities including the Advanced Photon Source, found that deformations in quantum materials that cause imperfections in the crystal structure can improve the material’s superconducting and electrical properties, providing new insight for developing the next generation of quantum-based computing and electronic devices.
Scientists studying materials that exhibit quantum properties would like to manipulate those properties to better understand them and to create useful materials, including superconductors that work at temperatures well above absolute zero. Researchers using the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source have shown that severely deforming materials provides yet another way to control their quantum characteristics.
Quantum Leap: Advancing High-Temperature Superconductor Research: Researchers have discovered that nickel, a neighbor of copper on the periodic table, can also superconduct as an oxide, but so far only as an atomically thin film. Data collected at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source may help explain why these crystals do not superconduct and how they might be coaxed into this exotic quantum state.
6-ID-D, 11-BM-B


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