Beamline 16ID-B is dedicated for high pressure micro-x-ray diffraction (µ-XRD).  The station holds two experimental tables: general purpose (GP) table and laser heating (LH) table. The two-table configuration allows a wide range of experimental techniques to be incorporated with high stability for structural studies under high pressures and at various temperatures, using the developed diamond anvil cell techniques such as double-sided laser heating, external heating, cryogenic cooling, time-resolved diffraction,  etc.


Phone:  (630) 252-1716


Beamline scientists:
Yue Meng
Phone:  (630) 252-0483     E-mail:
Jesse Smith
Phone: (630) 252-4017       E-mail:
Ross Hrubiak
Phone: (630) 252-4038      E-mail:

Major ID-B features:




APS Type A Undulator


Pairs of Si crystals (111), (220), and (311); upstream crystals are LN cooled

Energy Range

18-60 keV

Beam Size and  Focusing Optics 

 ~3x6 um2 using 320x320 mm KB mirror assembly
 ~1x2 um2 using 200x100 mm KB mirror assembly

Flux at Sample  Position 

>5 x 1011 photons/second  at 30 keV, >3 x 1012 at 20 keV with 320 mm KB mirrors

Established  Techniques 

Angle-dispersive mirco-x-ray diffraction (powder, single-crystal, and amorphous) with double-sided laser heating, external heating, ambient temperature, and cryogenic cooling in static and time-resolved modes


Pilatus 1M-F, MAR CCD (MAR345, PE and others, by request)

Support Equipment 

Mechanical, pneumatic, and piezoelectric pressure control for static and time-resolved diffraction experiments, various online cryostats, online Ruby and Raman systems, offline alignment and Ruby systems


Technique highlights (Click each technique for more details)

  • General purpose table
  • Laser heating table
  • In-situ double-sided laser heating with dynamic power modulation
  • External resistive heating, including whole cell heating (recommended on General Purpose table, cooling required if on Laser Heating table)
  • Cryogenic experiments to N2 and He temperatures
  • Special experimental setups (single crystal, etc.)
  • Online ruby or Raman system
  • Remote pressure control with mechanical gearbox, double-diaphragm, piezo-electric actuator or their combination
  • Time resolved experiments,  fast pressure-modulated or single-shot unidirectional compression-decompression experiments

Operation manual (available at beamline)

  • 16ID-B User Manual (Updated version available soon)

Data evaluation software

  • X-ray Helper (HPCAT)
  • Dioptas (Clemens Prescher, GSECARS)