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Performance characteristics needed for protein crystal diffraction x-ray detectors
Author(s): Edwin M. Westbrook
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Paper Abstract

During the 1990's, macromolecular crystallography became progressively more dependent on synchrotron X-ray sources for diffraction data collection. Detectors of this diffraction data at synchrotron beamlines have evolved over the decade, from film to image phosphor plates, and then to CCD systems. These changes have been driven by the data quality and quantity improvements each newer detector technology provided. The improvements have been significant. It is likely that newer detector technologies will be adopted at synchrotron beamlines for crystallographic diffraction data collection in the future, but these technologies will have to compete with existing CCD detector systems which are already excellent and are getting incrementally better in terms of size, speed, efficiency, and resolving power. Detector development for this application at synchrotrons must concentrate on making systems which are bigger and faster than CCDs and which can capture weak data more efficiently. And there is a need for excellent detectors which are less expensive than CCD systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 1999
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 3774, Detectors for Crystallography and Diffraction Studies at Synchrotron Sources, (6 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.367113
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Edwin M. Westbrook, Argonne National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3774:
Detectors for Crystallography and Diffraction Studies at Synchrotron Sources
George W. Fraser; Edwin M. Westbrook; Gareth E. Derbyshire, Editor(s)

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