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The Southampton Diffraction Centre

Diffraction laboratory installation complete

Published: 5 September 2011

The installation of the new diffraction laboratory is now complete, giving centre users access to world leading facilities in X-ray crystallography.

The laboratory installation is now complete and we are at full operational levels on all instruments.

The FR-E+ molybdenum source is performing particularly well and we are seeing intensity levels similar to those at a second generation synchrotron! The ultra high flux side (Ros) is so powerful that we are having to think about new ways of mounting samples and the very high flux side is giving high quality data due to its beam profile.

We are also performing data collections on both chemical and biological samples on the copper rotating anode and initial results are very pleasing. We have now fully refined a couple of macromolecular structures and are able to get good data on chemical systems with large void spaces and a lot of solvent present.

The SPIDER imaging plate system is available for use and a number of groups around the University are already trained and running their own samples. We will soon be testing it by doing very high resolution charge density work!

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