Event Name

NIH Workshop on X-ray Free-Electron Laser

Start Date 21st Nov 2016
End Date 21st Nov 2016
Description ray free electron laser (XFEL) is a new type of X-ray source with two distinct features that have never been possible in the past: extreme brilliance and femtosecond (fs) time resolution. It is billions of times brighter than the latest synchrotron source, which is in turn a billion times brighter than the sun. The XFEL pulses on femtosecond time scale, like a fast shutter that can catch femtosecond or slower events. The brilliance and laser coherence enable researchers to image biological molecules that cannot be grown into large crystals, as well as room-temperature living systems, and with a potential to image single molecules in the near future. The femtosecond pulses allow investigators to monitor molecular changes on the time scale of reaction intermediates - roughly 2 to 3 orders of magnitude better resolution than at a synchrotron. It also holds the potential of single molecule imagine at ambient temperature. Since the first XFEL beam became operational in 2009 in the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) near Stanford University, it has generated a significant impact on science (see the attached selected papers from Speakers). The speakers are the leaders in application of XFEL for biological and biomedical research.
Location Bethesda MD
United States
Contact Yun-xing Wang
wangyunx@mail.nih.gov
URL https://ncifrederick.cancer.gov/events/XFEL2016/default.asp
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Category Workshops
Topics Biological macromolecules