(Located in 623 WBSB)

We have a fully equipped X-ray laboratory that is maintained as a departmental facility and staffed by a full-time manager. Equipment includes:

  • A Rigaku FR-E SuperBright rotating anode X-ray generatorxray_pic
  • A Rigaku DECTRIS PILATUS 3R 200K-A hybrid pixel array detector with mirrors
  • A BioSAXS-2000 with 2D Kratky collimation
  • Two PC computers to run the data collection devices
  • A data mirror archive server with two DVD-R writers for backups
  • Cryo-cooling at the crystallography detector
  • Constant temperature room for crystal growth

 

On April 15, 2016 the X-ray laboratory started operating as a University-wide facility.  Beamtime is available for single crystal as well as for SAXS experiments (see Departmental website under Facilities).

The new PILATUS detectors provide highly efficient and fast data collection.  Based on preliminary information we have set up 8am to 2pm and 2pm to 8pm as units of allocation.  The cost of one unit will be $150.00.  Groups are allowed to schedule two consecutive allocation units (8am to 8pm) at a cost of $300.00.  If no other users are scheduled or they cancel, the time can be extended until 9am of the next day at no additional cost.  Overnight time (8pm to 8am) can be scheduled at a cost of $75.00 for the night period.

Groups outside the Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry Department need to send an IP address to Michael Love to be authorized to reserve time from their labs.

Services

The facility will provide radiation safety training and will train users on how to collect data.  Data analysis and all subsequent steps are the responsibility of the user.

Radiation Badges

Radiation badges are required for users accessing the equipment behind the glass doors.  Investigators planning to use the equipment should make sure that they have a registered radiation badge that is tested monthly.

Computer Resources

The groups in the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry share a departmental computing facility staffed by a full-time systems manager. The equipment includes a 30 node GNU/Linux cluster. Each node contains two 64 bit Opteron processors and there are also 5 computational workstations containing 4 Opteron CPUs each. Our file servers have a combined capacity of 3.9 terabytes, and we have a second cluster comprising 8 CPUs for email and computational work. Additionally, there are over 24 workstations, several black and white laser printers, and a Canon imageRunner Advance color printer.