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The PEEM/XAS is a bending magnet based beamline dedicated to microscopy and spectroscopy in the soft X-rays energy range. The beamline is designed to study chemical and electronic, structural and magnetic properties by means of XAS, XNLD (X-ray natural linear dichroism) and XMCD (X-ray magnetic circular dichroism), XMLD (X-ray magnetic linear dichroism), respectively. It is suitable for probing element specific properties of surfaces, interfaces, thin films and nanomaterials. The available photon energy range (200–2000 eV) covers the absorption K edges for light elements, from carbon to silicon, L edges of elements with Z between 20 and 40, including 3d elements, and also M edges of many heavier atoms, including 4f elements.

The offered experimental stations are:

Both end stations are available for user’s experiments in different sample environments and focusing conditions. Users can apply for beamtime with the PEEM or XAS end station. In order to prepare for their experiment, users are asked to look at the end stations' webpages.

Applications: the PEEM/XAS beamline can be used in material sciences, physics, chemistry, geosciences and biosciences.

Please do not hesitate to contact the beamline team to discuss if your experiments are technically feasible before submission of the proposal application.

The beamline is co-operated by the Jagiellonian University, the Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków.

For the projects carried out at the PEEM/XAS beamline, in cooperation with the Surface Nanostructures Group, ICSC, we offer:

  • PhD student position in the project „Domain wall dynamics and magnetic texture behavior in magnetic films with Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction”. Position available immediately for 34 months. For information contact dr. Piotr Mazalski, e-mail:
  • Postdoc position in the project „Magnetic nanoparticles on periodic iron oxide templates: Control of magnetism using particle - substrate interaction and external electric field”. 2-year position, with a possibility of extension, available spring/summer 2018. For information contact dr Nika Spiridis, e-mail:

Beamline parameters:


Bending magnet (1.31 T)

Available (optimal) energy range

200–2000 eV (250–1800 eV)

Energy resolution ΔE/E

Not worse than 2.5 x 10-4

Beam size at sample (H x V)

At focal point (PEEM): 0.200 mm x 0.050 mm
In divergent beam (XAS): 3 mm x 3 mm

Photon flux at sample

109-1010 [ph/s/0.1 A]


Linear (horizontal) and elliptical

End station: photoemission electron microscope

XPEEM, µ-XAS, µ-XPS, variable sample temperature (100 - 1200 K)

End station: X-ray absorption spectroscopy chamber

XAS, XMCD, XMLD for total electron yield (TEY) measurements in applied field (200 mT) and variable sample temperature (20 - 1200 K)