Status of the crystallography beamlines at Elettra

  • A. Lausi
  • M. Polentarutti
  • S. Onesti
  • J. R. Plaisier
  • E. Busetto
  • G. Bais
  • L. Barba
  • A. Cassetta
  • G. Campi
  • D. Lamba
  • A. Pifferi
  • S. C. Mande
  • D. D. Sarma
  • S. M. Sharma
  • G. Paolucci
Regular Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Focus Point on Status of third-generation synchrotron crystallography beamlines: An overview

Abstract

Elettra is one of the first 3rd-generation storage rings, recently upgraded to routinely operate in top-up mode at both 2.0 and 2.4 GeV. The facility hosts four dedicated beamlines for crystallography, two open to the users and two under construction, and expected to be ready for public use in 2015. In service since 1994, XRD1 is a general-purpose diffraction beamline. The light source for this wide (4–21 keV) energy range beamline is a permanent magnet wiggler. XRD1 covers experiments ranging from grazing incidence X-ray diffraction to macromolecular crystallography, from industrial applications of powder diffraction to X-ray phasing with long wavelengths. The bending magnet powder diffraction beamline MCX has been open to users since 2009, with a focus on microstructural investigations and studies under non-ambient conditions. A superconducting wiggler delivers a high photon flux to a new fully automated beamline dedicated to macromolecular crystallography and to a branch beamline hosting a high-pressure powder X-ray diffraction station (both currently under construction). Users of the latter experimental station will have access to a specialized sample preparation laboratory, shared with the SISSI infrared beamline. A high throughput crystallization platform equipped with an imaging system for the remote viewing, evaluation and scoring of the macromolecular crystallization experiments has also been established and is open to the user community.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Lausi
    • 1
  • M. Polentarutti
    • 1
  • S. Onesti
    • 1
  • J. R. Plaisier
    • 1
  • E. Busetto
    • 1
  • G. Bais
    • 1
  • L. Barba
    • 2
  • A. Cassetta
    • 2
  • G. Campi
    • 3
  • D. Lamba
    • 2
  • A. Pifferi
    • 3
  • S. C. Mande
    • 4
  • D. D. Sarma
    • 5
  • S. M. Sharma
    • 6
  • G. Paolucci
    • 1
  1. 1.Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A.TriesteItalia
  2. 2.Istituto di Cristallografia - UOS di TriesteConsiglio Nazionale delle RicercheTriesteItalia
  3. 3.Istituto di Cristallografia - UOS di MonterotondoConsiglio Nazionale delle RicercheMonterotondo (Roma)Italia
  4. 4.National Centre for Cell SciencePuneIndia
  5. 5.Solid State and Structural Chemistry UnitIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia
  6. 6.High Pressure & Synchrotron Radiation Physics DivisionBhabha Atomic Research CentreMumbaiIndia

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