The Manchester X-Ray Imaging Facility

The University of Manchester has embarked upon a bold investment aimed at creating the most comprehensive and capable 3D X-ray imaging capability anywhere in the world, the Manchester X-ray Imaging Facility (MXIF).

The MXIF comprises the synchrontron beamline I13 at Diamond Light Source and the Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility at the University of Manchester. The latter is named after the English physicist in recognition of his outstanding contribution to science, with his work forming the the foundation of modern X-ray tomography.

Together this is a split site investment of over £11M (£7M capital & £4M in staff) and an activity encompassing over 15 academics and over 100 users. It provides a window into structures from as 1 m to 10's of microns in size, with resolutions from 100's microns all the way down 50nm with the highest resolution machines in the UK.

The X-ray instruments at the MXIF cover a range of image resolutions (voxel size*) from 20 nanometres to 1 milllimetre for specimens ranging from 60 microns to 1 metre in diameter and length. Applications can be made to use any of the instruments.

The graph below shows the relative resolution capabilities of the instruments located within the MXIF when compared to other imaging techniques shown in the grey boxes, which are also available at the University of Manchester via the Multiscale Characterisation Facility

Each instrument(s) cover a range of resolution capabilities. To initially determine which resolution (and therefore which instrument) to aim for, we advise you take the size of your feature of interest and divide by a factor of three. Then use the scale bar to find the appropriate instrument.