Unattended Data Collection (UDC) is a new mode of operation for the MX beamlines and can be used for fast and efficient data collection from 'reasonable-quality' macromolecular crystals whilst you do something more productive with your time. X-ray centring is used to align crystals to the X-ray beam and then data collections are performed based on user-provided diffraction plans.
|When to use UDC||When not to use UDC|
|Single crystals||Split crystals, multiple lattices|
Projects requiring data collections from many crystals e.g.
Rapid feedback on a well characterised system from a small number of new crystals
Projects requiring manual input e.g.
Standard SAD phasing experiments
Phasing from limited number of crystals
Complex multicrystal phasing experiments
It is currently available on I03 and is a key part of providing responsive beamtime allocation following COVID-19 restrictions.
It will be made available on I04, I04-1 and I24 following further development and testing.
Further options for more complex experiments and broadening the scope of samples that can be collected automatically will be made available.
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