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MX2: a high-flux undulator microfocus beamline serving both the chemical and macromolecular crystallography communities at the Australian Synchrotron

DOI: 10.1107/S1600577518003120 DOI Help

Authors: David Aragao (Australian Synchrotron) , Jun Aishima (Australian Synchrotron; Monash University) , Hima Cherukuvada (Australian Synchrotron) , Robert Clarken (Australian Synchrotron) , Mark Clift (Australian Synchrotron) , Nathan Philip Cowieson (Diamond Light Source) , Daniel Jesper Ericsson (Australian Synchrotron) , Christine L. Gee (University of California; California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences, University of California; Howard Hughes Medical Institute) , Sofia Macedo (Australian Synchrotron) , Nathan Mudie (Australian Synchrotron) , Santosh Panjikar (Australian Synchrotron) , Jason Roy Price (Australian Synchrotron) , Alan Riboldi-Tunnicliffe (Australian Synchrotron) , Robert Rostan (Australian Synchrotron) , Rachel Williamson (Australian Synchrotron) , Thomas Tudor Caradoc-Davies (Australian Synchrotron)
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Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Journal Of Synchrotron Radiation , VOL 25

State: Published (Approved)
Published: May 2018

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Abstract: MX2 is an in-vacuum undulator-based crystallography beamline at the 3 GeV Australian Synchrotron. The beamline delivers hard X-rays in the energy range 4.8–21 keV to a focal spot of 22 × 12 µm FWHM (H × V). At 13 keV the flux at the sample is 3.4 × 1012 photons s−1. The beamline endstation allows robotic handling of cryogenic samples via an updated SSRL SAM robot. This beamline is ideal for weakly diffracting hard-to-crystallize proteins, virus particles, protein assemblies and nucleic acids as well as smaller molecules such as inorganic catalysts and organic drug molecules. The beamline is now mature and has enjoyed a full user program for the last nine years. This paper describes the beamline status, plans for its future and some recent scientific highlights

Journal Keywords: microfocus beamlines; apertures; undulators; macromolecular crystallography; remote access; anomalous scattering; EIGER detector; long wavelengths; collimators.

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