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Fast grid scans now availaible - see News
I24 is a tuneable microfocus beamline for MX. It was the first beamline if its kind to be built in Europe and has been operating since 2008. In 2015/2016 the beamline was completely rebuilt with a new dual goniometer endstation and new mirrors.
The beamline offers extremely high flux densities with the ability to investigate virus structure, membrane proteins, microcrystals (crystals as small as 1.5 microns have been measured successfully). It combines versatile optics and the most sophisticated detectors available with the most advanced automation systems to enable sample location, data collection and analysis.
We offer two standard modes of data collection: cryo (SPINE pins) and in situ. We also offer serial (fixed target, thin filsm and LCP extruder) data collection. Serial data collection is in a developmental stage and any early experiments can only be done in collaboration with beamline staff - if you're interested please contact the I24 PBS.
Please email us detail of any problems you run into, or any other comments or suggestions.
Data processing - vertical goniometer
Please remember to take the new rotation axis into account when processing your data.
In XDS use ROTATION_AXIS= 0 -1 0
Ask your local contact if you need a hand, or if you have any questions.
We will be barcoding pucks from April 2017 onwards.
Data reprocessing now available in ISPyB. See here
New remote access connection available
Go to GDA - Messages- Beamline notes to read the message of the day. Click here for more.
New web interface for ISPyB launched. For more information click here.
Deadline for Call for Proposals for AP16 is 25th March 2014. See here.
Fast grid scans available up to 100Hz
Loan pucks available upon request, check here
Test your network connection to Diamond with our SpeedTest
Updated excel spreadsheet for shipments in ISPyB. Download and use the latest version.
New Pilatus 3 detector available. Run even faster!
101 structures from I24 have been deposited in the PDB!
I24 reopen to users on 1st May.
New robot update: faster exchange time and improved recovery procedure
Remote access available on all MX beamlines at all times since January 2013
|Detector type||Pilatus3 6M (100 Hz max. frame rate).|
|Available X-ray wavelengths / energy (Å)||0.7 - 2.0|
|Available wavelengths (keV)||6.4 - 20.0|
|Maximum attainable resolution (Å)||0.8|
|Flux Details||Into full beam of 8x6µm @ 12800 eV and 300 mA ring current|
|Absorption edge scans||Optimised SAD and MAD experiments|
|Minimum focused beam size (µm)||7 x 6 (FWHM) (see note below)|
|Maximum focused beam size (µm)||50 x 50 (FWHM)|
|Minimum beam size (µm) (cutting secondary source)||~5 x5microns but please note new beam characteristics expected April 2017 (smaller focal spot) as a result of ongoing mirror commissioning.|
|Sample changer|| |
Diamond BART robot with unipucks - exchange time < 20s -
Deaw capacity 37 pucks in dewar
|Pins and Pucks||SPINE standard pins and Unipucks|
Humidity Controller (HC1) for RT data collection
|Available on request|
|Spectroscopy||Available on request|
|Serial Crystallography||Fixed target, thin film arrays and LCP extruder available on request in collaboration with beamline staff. Contact the PBS well in advance.|
Please discuss your requirements with your local contact or a member of the beamline team before your experiment especially if you want to do something out of the ordinary. We are always happy to try and do novel or difficult experiments - get in touch if you have an ambitous idea...
Shift timings: unless explicitly arranged with beamline staff, the start and end times of all (academic, industrial and in-house) shifts are as below:
NB: short shifts run to different timings. If you have a 'short' shift you will be emailed details of when the shift starts/ends.
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