SESAME will be exploited in up to 20 or more experiments operating simultaneously on independent beamlines, which will focus the synchrotron light on samples of materials.
In the first phase, there will be seven beamlines. These beamlines have been selected on the basis of input from five scientific workshops and the early Users’ Meetings in which several hundred Middle East scientists participated, on 70 proposals received, and joint meetings of the Scientific Advisory Committee of SESAME and the now defunct Beamlines Advisory Committee of SESAME.
These beamlines are the following:
- XAFS/XRF (X-ray Absorption Fine Structure/X-ray Fluorescence) spectroscopy beamline – this beamline started hosting users on 17 July 2018
- IR (Infrared) spectromicroscopy beamline – this beamline started hosting users on 4 November 2018
- MS (Materials Science) beamline - this beamline will start hosting users in 2020
- Soft X-ray beamline, also known as HESEB (HElmholtz-SEsame Beamline) – this beamline is being constructed and is expected to come into operation in 2022
- Tomography beamline, also known as BEATS (BEAmline for Tomography at SESAME) – this beamline is being constructed and is expected to come into operation in 2022
- MX (Macromolecular Crystallography) - the beamline is presently under design, its construction is still to start
- SAXS/WAXS (Small Angle and Wide Angle X-ray Scattering) beamline – plans for this beamline are still to start