Overview LSC Groups

Material Sciences

The research focusses on condensed matter and materials science using hard x-ray diffraction. For this we use a variety of powder and surface diffraction techniques.
The group operates the MS beamline.

Spectroscopy of Novel Materials Group

The group studies novel materials using ARPES (with VUV and soft x-rays) and RIXS. The materials presently investigated include high-temperature superconductors, low-dimensional magnets, conducting interfaces between oxide materials, quasi 2-dimensional materials, etc.

The group operates the SIS and ADRESS beamlines.

Microscopy and Magnetism Group

The Microscopy and Magnetism Group has a long experience in synchrotron based experiments in condensed matter physics. In particular we study electronic and magnetic properties of thin films, multilayers, and bulk systems of metals and oxides, 3d- and 4f - electron Systems employing techniques ranging from X-ray scattering and absorption experiments, pump probe techniques using femtosecond lasers to photoemission electron microscopy and photo electron spectroscopy/diffration.

The group operates the SIM, X-Treme, and PEARL beamlines.

Beamline Optics Group

The Beamline Optics groups designs, builds and maintains most of the beamlines at SLS. It operates a metrology lab where optical components can be measured. It does application oriented research and development for constantly improving optical components and beamlines. As a new challenge it is working on the beamline design for SwissFEL.

The group operates the OPTICS beamline.

Micro-Spectroscopy Group

Th MicroSpectroscopy group uses x-rays focused to sub-micron sizes to do spectroscopy and microscopy of polymers and magnetic materials. In addition it develops novel instrumentation like the combination of an x-ray and a scanning probe microscope.

The group operates the PolLux and NanoXAS beamlines.


The group studies ultra-fast phenomena in solids using fs x-ray pulses for diffraction or spectroscopy. The phenomena investigated include ferroelectricity, ultra-fast magnetic phase transitions, and phonons in heavy elemts like Bi or Te.

The group operates the FEMTO endstation located at the MicroXAS beamline.

Photons for Engineering and Manufacturing

The group performs research on structural and mechanical properties of metals and alloys. The approach is largely based on a combination of neutron and Xray diffraction methods with conventional experimental characterization techniques and computational simulation methods. The group is closely linked to the Laboratory for Neutrons and Xrays for Mechanics of Materials (NXMM), of the Institut des Matériaux at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) through its head Prof. Dr. Helena Van Swygenhoven.