GSECARS Facilities

GSECARS: Sector 13 at APS

GSECARS provides earth, environmental and planetary scientists with access to the high-brilliance hard x-rays from the Advanced Photon Source (APS), a third-generation synchrotron light source at Argonne National Laboratory.

Virtually all X-ray analytical instrumentation and techniques in demand by these scientists are available:

GSECARS Beamlines at Sector 13

GSECARS offers five experimental beamlines, each with it’s own unique research capabilities.

13 ID-C

Supported Techniques

  • Inelastic X-ray Scattering
  • Surface Studies
  • Microcrystallography

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13 ID-D

Supported Techniques

  • High Pressure / High Temperature Diamond Anvil Cell (DAC)
  • Multi-anvil Press (LVP)

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13 ID-E

Supported Techniques

  • X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS)
  • Micro fluorescence
  • Micro spectroscopy
  • Micro diffraction
  • Fluorescence Microtomography

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13 BM-C

Supported Techniques

  • Surface Diffraction
  • High Pressure Diamond Anvil Cell
  • Single Crystal Diffraction

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13 BM-D

Supported Techniques

  • Tomography (CMT)
  • High Pressure Diamond Anvil Cell (DAC)
  • Multi-anvil Press (LVP)
  • XAFS

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GSECARS Labs at Sector 13

GSECARS has four labs available for their users to help with their experiments.

Chemistry Lab

The GSECARS Chemistry Lab has a full inventory of everything from beakers to flasks to pipettes to a large selection of laboratory equipment and chemicals. If your work requires specific lab instruments or supplies, please email us before your visit so that we can make sure we have what you need on-hand.

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GSECARS built a dedicated lab for diamond anvil cell users. The DAC Lab is located directly across from the GSECARS User Area. Users will find increased bench space, a horizontal laminar clean hood, microscopes, a portable glove box and an enclosed laser for cutting gaskets. A new TopGun compressed nitrogen air gun is available as well.

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Laser Lab

The GSECARS Laser Laboratory contains a 2-watt Innova 90P argon ion laser and a Raman spectrometer. This system is used for offline Raman spectroscopy and ruby fluorescence pressure measurement. The lab also contains the new GSECARS / COMPRES micro manipulator. The 100-watt fiber laser, used for laser machining including drilling gaskets for DACs is located in the GSE DAC Lab.

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The GSECARS LVP Lab is well equipped for cell parts and cell assembly preparation.

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Additional Facilities at Sector 13

Below, you will find additional facilities and equipment available at GSECARS.

GSECARS / COMPRES Gas Loading System

The GSECARS and COMPRES jointly funded gas loading system for diamond anvil cells is for use by the high pressure community, not only at GSECARS but also at APS and other facilities. The system has the ability to load many kinds of diamond anvil cells with a closure mechanism using motor driven screws which close a clamping device, not the cell itself. This design makes it easy to pressurize new cell designs by using a different clamp or different spacer. The system has optical access for sample viewing and online ruby fluorescence pressure measurement. A vacuum pump is used to clean the system before loading.

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Partnership for Extreme Crystallography (PX^2)

In June 2014 in collaboration with the University of Hawaii and GSECARS, COMPRES funded Partnership for eXtreme Xtallography (PX^2), a new facility for high-pressure diamond anvil cell research at the APS. Located at the experimental station 13BM-C at GSECARS, the new beamline offers a focused, monochromatic 15/28.6 keV incident beam and a unique 6-circle heavy duty Newport diffractometer, optimized for variety of advanced crystallography experiments, including structure determination, equation of state studies and diffuse scattering analysis.

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Benchtop Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

GSECARS has a JEOL JCM-6000Plus benchtop scanning electron microscope abvailable for use.

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Offline Sample Coordinate And Registration System (OSCAR)

The X-ray microprobe at 13-ID-E now includes an offline microscope in the beamline control area to allow users to view samples and select ares for X-ray analysis before putting the sample in the X-ray beam. OSCAR uses a standard Nikon petographic micrsoscope provides adjustable zoom level (5x, 10x, 20x, 50x), lighting (reflected or transmitted light), and polarizing filters. The microscope has both ocular view finders and a high-resolution video camera for seeing the sample images.

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Axis Pro Micromanipulator

COMPRES and GSECARS are pleased to announce the availability of a state-of-the-art micromanipulator, Axis Pro APSS from Micro Support, for the DAC community.  The device is located at GSECARS, sector 13 at the Advanced Photon Source in the Laser Lab, room 434 A-020. The system will be available to all diamond anvil cell users who come to the APS.

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Administrative Contacts


Nancy Lazarz

Sector Coordinator
(630) 252-0423

Sector 13 Layout

The GSECARS facility consists of an insertion device (undulator) beamline (13-ID), a bending magnet beamline (13-BM), two support laboratories, an office area and a User Area. Each beamline has a first optics enclosure (13-ID-A and 13-BM-A) and a second optics enclosure (13-ID-B and 13-BM-B). The undulator beamline has three experimental stations (13-ID-C, 13-ID-D, and 13-ID-E), and the bending magnet beamline has two experimental stations (13-BM-C, and 13-BM-D). All nine enclosures have been designed to receive white beam.

Scientific Contacts


Matt Newville


(630) 252-0431

Tony Lanzirotti


(630) 252-0433

Steve Sutton


(630) 252-0426

Peter Eng

Interface / Surface Studies and Powder Diffraction

(630) 252-0424

Joanne Stubbs

Interface / Surface Studies and Powder Diffraction

(630) 252-0427

Vitali Prakapenka

High Pressure / High Temperature Diamond Anvil Cell (DAC)

(630) 252-0439

Yanbin Wang

Large Volume Press (LVP)

(630) 252-0425

Tony Yu

Large Volume Press (LVP)

(630) 252-6148

Mark Rivers


(630) 252-0422