Protein Crystallography with Synchrotron Radiation II. Anomalous Scattering and the Phase Problem

  • R. Fourme
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 25)


The synchrotron source is uniquely suited to anomalous diffraction experiments since the wavelength of the X-ray beam can be tuned around the wavelength of the K or L absorption-edges for many heavy atoms. With usual sources, only characteristic emission lines of anode targets are available so that nearly all experiments where anomalous scattering was used to assist in the phasing of protein diffraction data were performed at a single wavelength, usually Cu Kα radiation.


Heavy Atom Phase Ambiguity Quantum Detection Efficiency Phase Problem Anomalous Scattering 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Fourme
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physicochimie StructuraleUniversité Paris XIICréteilFrance
  2. 2.LURE (CNRS, Université Paris-Sud)OrsayFrance

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