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New research paves the way for nano-movies of biomolecules

Scientists use X-ray laser as ultra slow-motion camera

08-12-2014

An international team, including scientists from DESY, has caught a light sensitive biomolecule at work with an X-ray laser. The study proves that X-ray lasers can capture the fast dynamics of biomolecules in ultra slow-motion, as the scientists led by Prof. Marius Schmidt from the University of ...

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X-ray vision of photosynthesis

New technique facilitates analysis of biomolecules in a near-natural state

07-11-2014

Photosynthesis is one of the most important processes in nature. The complex method by which all green plants harvest sunlight and thereby produce the oxygen in our air is still not fully understood. Researchers have used DESY's X-ray light source PETRA III to investigate a photosynthesis ...

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Researchers Develop a New Type of X-ray Lens

A lamellar lens prototype has been successfully tested at DESY

08-10-2014

Researchers have taken an important step towards developing a new X-ray lens made of diamond. A team of scientists from the Technische Universität (TU) Dresden and Technische Universität Chemnitz as well as from DESY have successfully tested a new lens design. The group working with DESY Leading ...

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Researchers watch lipid molecules in motion

X-ray stroboscope offers new insights into biomolecular dynamics

12-09-2014

Researchers from Göttingen in collaboration with colleagues from Augsburg have 'filmed' the movement of lipid molecules using an X-ray stroboscope at DESY. In the scientific journal Physical Review Letters, researchers lead by Professor Tim Salditt of the University of Göttingen report that ...

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Researchers Part Water

‘Electric Prism’ Separates Water’s Nuclear Spin States

10-09-2014

Using an "electric prism", scientists have found a new way of separating water molecules that differ only in their nuclear spin states and, under normal conditions, do not part ways. Since water is such a fundamental molecule in the universe, the recent study may impact a multitude of research ...

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Every Electron Counts!

FLASH study calls for a better theory of electrons in solids

07-08-2014

Despite years of extensive research, many unconventional electrical, thermal and magnetic properties of modern materials remain a mystery. A recent study, conducted at DESY’s free-electron laser FLASH, has now concluded that a flaw in current theories of solids hinders further understanding of ...

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When is a molecule a molecule?

Scientists watch fast electron jumps in exploding molecules

22-07-2014

Using ultra-short X-ray flashes, an international team of researchers watched electrons jumping between the fragments of exploding molecules. The study reveals up to what distance a charge transfer between the two molecular fragments can occur, marking the limit of the molecular regime. The ...

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High-speed snapshots of biomolecules

PETRA III pioneers protein serial crystallography at synchrotrons

05-06-2014

Using DESY's synchrotron light source PETRA III, scientists have pioneered a new way to analyse delicate biomolecules. The novel approach, borrowed from a new class of high-intensity X-ray sources called free-electron lasers (FELs), could reveal the atomic structure of proteins that were ...

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X-rays reveal inner structure of the Earth's ancient magma ocean

First look into magma at deep mantle conditions

15-11-2013

Scientists have for the first time peered into molten magma at conditions of the deep Earth mantle. The analysis at DESY's light source PETRA III revealed that molten basalt changes its structure when exposed to pressure of up to 60 gigapascals (GPa), corresponding to a depth of about 1400 ...

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DESY light source PETRA III now has the world's sharpest X-ray eyes

Scanning X-ray microscope reaches record resolution of 10 nanometres

30-07-2012

A novel X-ray microscope at DESY offers the world's sharpest X-ray vision: Thanks to the extraordinary brilliance of DESY's X-ray source PETRA III, this microscope is able to resolve details as small as ten nanometres – which is about ten thousand times thinner than a human hair. Only few ...

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