Macromolecular crystallography beamline

Explore functions of biological macromolecules from their structures.



Macromolecular crystallography is one of the most powerful tools to investigate three dimensional structures of macromolecule in atomic level. In this method, macromolecules are crystallized and its diffraction intensities are recorded by irradiating an X-ray beam to the crystal. Because a nature of biological macromolecules, crystals of macromolecule tend to be small. In order to measure diffraction intensities from such small crystals, synchrotron beamlines, which deliver a small but highly intense X-ray beam, are necessary.

In the Photon Factory, there are 5 beamlines for macromolecular crystallography. Each beamline has its own property of light source, and together with a state-of-the-art diffractometers and detectors they support a wide variety of macromolecular crystallography experiments.

protein crystal X-ray diffraction pattern

Beam Line

BL-1A, BL-5A, BL-17A, AR-NE3A, AR-NW12A

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