20-21 November 2014
National Centre for Synchrotron Science
Australia/Melbourne timezone
Save the date: User Meeting 2015 - 26-27 November

The Technologies That Drive the MX Beamlines.

20 Nov 2014, 17:30
1h 30m
NCSS Exhibition Area ()

NCSS Exhibition Area

Australian Synchrotron 800 Blackburn Road Clayton VIC 3168
Board: 205
Poster Beamlines, Instrumentation and Techniques Welcome Function, Poster Session, Exhibition


Dr Stephen Harrop (Australian Synchrotron)


The MX1 and MX2 beamlines at the Australian Synchrotron are sophisticated machines for the collection of single crystal X-ray diffraction data. The two stations serve a diverse community of researchers in the structural sciences, from mineralogy to virology. Here we look 'under the hood' at the technologies that bind the individual beamline components together into a highly automated data collection system. In the last few years a full re-write of several key software components has delivered new code and capabilities for beam attenuation, data collection and energy change and also beamline setup, diffraction rastering and autoprocessing resulting in a more reliable and easier beamline to support. We are now starting to work on the software that runs our robots to apply a similar improvement. These upgrades together with the hardware changes will keep both beamlines useful for the most complex biological and chemical questions our researchers need to address
Keywords or phrases (comma separated) MX1, MX2, Crystallography, Automation, Beamline,

Primary author

Dr Stephen Harrop (Australian Synchrotron)


Dr Alan Riboldi-Tunnicliffe (Australian Synchrotron) Daniel Eriksson (Australian Synchrotron) Dr David Aragao (Australian Synchrotron) Dr Jason Price (Australian Synchrotron) Mark Clift (Australian Synchrotron) Dr Nathan Cowieson (Australian Synchrotron) Nathan Mudie (Australian Synchrotron) Rachel Williamson (Australian Synchrotron) Dr Santosh Panjikar (Australian Synchrotron) Tom Caradoc-Davies (Australian Synchrotron.)

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