VAXSTER – building the future

On March 18th we started to upgrade or unique SAXS/GISAXS instrument VAXSTER (Versatile Advanced X-ray Scattering instrumenT ERlangen). This includes the full rebuild of the primary instrument part with the 3/4 slit collimation system focusing X-ray mirror and the X-ray source.

VAXSTER will become an extremely versatile combined SAXS/GISAXS/GIXD laboratory instrument with outstanding performance. It will be equipped with a MetalJet D2 70 kV X-ray source from EXCILLUM, Sweden. It allows for horizontal and vertical grazing incidence measurements within a fully evacuated setup or with a sample positioned at ambient conditions. The beam will be shaped by a 150 mm Montel optics (INCOATEC, Geesthacht) and a set of up to 4 double slit systems with the last two slit systems equipped with low scattering blades (JJXray/SAXSLAB).

In the following you will find some photographs of the ongoing installation of VAXSTER.

Deinstallation of the old primary instrument part (18.03.2015)

Deinstallation of the old primary instrument part (18.03.2015)

Deinstallation of the old primary instrument part (18.03.2015)

Deinstallation of the old primary instrument part (18.03.2015)

Deinstallation of the old primary instrument part (18.03.2015)

Deinstallation of the old primary instrument part (18.03.2015)

Installation of the new base plate

Installation of the new base plate (19.03.2015)