A new small-angle X-ray scattering set-up on the crystallography beamline I711 at MAX-lab

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2009

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A small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) set-up has recently been developed at beamline I711 at the MAX II storage ring in Lund (Sweden). An overview of the required modifications is presented here together with a number of application examples. The accessible q range in a SAXS experiment is 0.009-0.3 angstrom(-1) for the standard set-up but depends on the sample-to-detector distance, detector offset, beamstop size and wavelength. The SAXS camera has been designed to have a low background and has three collinear slit sets for collimating the incident beam. The standard beam size is about 0.37 mm X 0.37 mm (full width at half-maximum) at the sample position, with a flux of 4 X 10 10 photons s(-1) and lambda = 1.1 angstrom. The vacuum is of the order of 0.05 mbar in the unbroken beam path from the first slits until the exit window in front of the detector. A large sample chamber with a number of lead-throughs allows different sample environments to be mounted. This station is used for measurements on weakly scattering proteins in solutions and also for colloids, polymers and other nanoscale structures. A special application supported by the beamline is the effort to establish a micro-fluidic sample environment for structural analysis of samples that are only available in limited quantities. Overall, this work demonstrates how a cost-effective SAXS station can be constructed on a multipurpose beamline.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Synchrotron Radiation
Pages (from-to)498-504
StatePublished - 2009
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 55


  • small-angle X-ray scattering, colloids, I711, solution scattering, polymers, proteins, SAXS
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