Canadian Light Source Inc. (CLS)

University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Area(s) of Expertise

The Industry Services group at the Canadian Light Source is a dedicated team of experts whose mission is to bring the power of synchrotron-based tools to Canadian industry. We provide everything from simple purchased access to full-service experimental design, execution, and analysis. Synchrotron-based techniques provide insights into the chemistry and structure of samples from the macroscale down to the molecular level. Contact one of our helpful staff today to learn more about how we can put the brightest light in Canada to work for you.

What the facility does

Canada’s light source centre, enabling innovative health, agriculture, environment, and advanced materials research for industry, government, and academic scientists.

Research Services

Plant Phenotyping, Crop & Agri-Product Development:

Techniques: computed tomography (CT); x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS); macromolecular crystallography (MX); infrared spectromicroscopy

Drug Development, Protein Crystallography & Biomedical Imaging:

Techniques: MX; small-molecule diffraction (SM-XRD); powder x-ray diffraction (PXRD); CT

Development of Advanced Materials:

Techniques: PXRD; SM-XRD; CT; XAS; x-ray spectromicroscopy; x-ray photoelectron microscopy

Mining, Oil & Gas & Soil Science:

Techniques: PXRD; XAS; CT; x-ray fluorescence mapping

Sectors of Application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Automotive
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Defense and security industries
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Mining, minerals and metals

Name of equipment in use

Description of function

Biomedical Imaging and Therapy beamlines

  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Conventional Absorption Imaging
  • Diffraction Enhanced Imaging (DEI)
  • K-edge Subtraction Imaging (KES)
  • White Beam Access
  • Computed Tomography (voxel size >= 2um^3) (CT)
  • In-Line (Propagation-Based) Phase Contrast Imaging (PBI)
  • Micro Computed Tomography (voxel size < 1um^3) (uCT)
Canadian Macromolecular Crystallography facilities 
  • Single anomalous dispersion (SAD)
  • X-ray diffraction
  • Multi-wavelength anomalous dispersion (MAD)
  • XANES on crystals
  • Single-crystal X-ray diffraction
  • Multi-wavelength anomalous dispersion (MAD)

XANES on crystals

Far-Infrared Spectroscopy beamline

  • Far-Infrared Microscope
  • Far-Infrared Photoacoustic Spectroscopy
  • Far-Infrared Spectroscopy (Far-IR)
  • High Resolution Infrared Spectroscopy

Hard X-Ray Microanalysis beamline

  • Diffraction Anomalous Fine Structure (DAFS)
  • Grazing Incidence Small Angle X-ray Scattering (GISAXS)
  • Grazing Incidence X-ray Diffraction (GIXRD)
  • High Pressure Powder Diffraction
  • Resonant X-ray Diffraction (RXD)
  • X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS)
  • Spectroscopie de structure près du front d’absorption de rayons X (XANES)
  • Spectroscopie d’absorption de rayons X (XAS)
  • X-ray Diffraction (XRD)

High-Resolution Spherical Grating Monochromator beamline

  • Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES)
  • Micro XAFS/XRF Imaging
  • X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS)
  • X-ray Absorption Imaging
  • X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES)
  • X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS)
  • X-ray Excited Optical Luminescence (XEOL)
  • X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF)
  • X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)X-ray absorption spectroscopy

Mid-Infrared Spectromicroscopy beamline

  • ATR Infrared Spectroscopy
  • Chemical Infrared Imaging
  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • FTIR Spectromicroscopy
  • Technique Under Development: ATR Infrared Chemical Imaging

Resonant Elastic And Inelastic X-Ray Scattering beamline

  • Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering (RIXS)
  • Resonant Soft X-Ray Scattering (RSXS)
  • X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS)
  • X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES)
  • X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS)
  • X-ray Emission Spectroscopy (XES)
  • X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism (XMCD)
  • X-ray Magnetic Linear Dichroism (XMLD)X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS)
    X-ray emission spectroscopy

Soft X-Ray Microcharacterization beamline

  • Angle-Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy (ARPES)
  • Micro XAFS/XRD/XRF Imaging
  • X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS)
  • X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES)
  • X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS)
  • X-ray Excited Optical Luminescence (XEOL)
  • X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)X-ray absorption spectroscopy

Soft X-ray Spectromicroscopy beamline

  • Cryo-Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy (Cryo-STXM)
  • NEXAFS Spectromicroscopy - STXM XRF mode
  • Photoemission Electron Microscopy (PEEM)
  • Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy (STXM)
  • Soft X-ray Tomography
  • STXM-Ptychography
  • X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism (XMCD)
  • X-ray Magnetic Linear Dichroism (XMLD)

Synchrotron Laboratory for Micro and Nano Devices

  • Deep X-ray lithography
    LIGA process lithography steps

Variable Line Spacing Plane Grating Monochromator beamline

  • Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES)
  • X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS)
  • X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES)
  • X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS)
  • X-ray Excited Optical Luminescence (XEOL)
  • X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)X-ray absorption spectroscopy

Very Sensitive Elemental And Structural Probe Employing Radiation From a Synchrotron

  • Differential Aperture X-ray Microscopy (DAXM)
  • Fluorescence Microscopy
  • Grazing Incidence X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (GI-XAFS)
  • Grazing Incidence X-ray Diffraction (GIXRD)
  • Micro XAFS/XRD/XRF Imaging
  • White Beam Access
  • X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS)
  • X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XAS)
  • X-ray Diffraction (XRD)
  • X-ray Excited Optical Luminescence (XEOL)
  • X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF)
  • X-ray Laue Diffraction
  • IBM
  • Chevron
  • CRIAQ - Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec
  • Automotive Fuel Cell Corporation
  • SRK Consulting Inc.
  • Composites Research Network
  • ShutOut Solutions
  • Suncor Energy
  • Composites Innovation Centre
  • CoCrystal Pharma Inc.
  • Zymeworks
  • Cameco
  • Composites Research Network (CRN)
  • Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC)
  •  National Research Council(NRC)
  • Beryllium Discovery