PROXIMA 1 beamline

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PROXIMA 1 is one of two beamlines at SOLEIL for measurements in macromolecular crystallography (together with PROXIMA 2, recently opened to users). PROXIMA 1, operational since March 2008, delivers an intense, parallel and tunable x-ray beam for measurements at high resolution or from large unit cell dimension crystals. The beamline has recently been upgraded with a very large surface area detector (PILATUS 6M). The 3 circle "kappa" geometry goniostat is in routine use for advanced data collection strategies. A new CATS sample changing robot has been installed on the beamline and is operational for cryogenically cooled samples. A crystallisation plate screening option will be available soon. The beamline optics implemented are such that they could permit a range of focussing conditions which can then be adapted to the sample being studied (for example beam focus at sample or detector).

Structure of colloidal crystals

Researchers from MONARIS, LPS laboratory and SOLEIL succeeded in crystallizing gold colloidal crystals made of poly- or single-nanocrystals, and their structures have been revealed using the bio-crystallography beamline, PROXIMA1. Their results are published in CrystEngComm. [Full story]

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Description de la ligne Proxima 1

Thématiques scientifiques | Données techniques | L'équipe

Practical informations for users

Before the experiment | Troubleshooting | Users manual


Workshop on Advanced Data Collection with Multi-Axis Goniometry


 Beamline scientific articles

 Beamline PDB Entries


- The structure and the nutritive power of cockroach milk crystals

- A nano-crossbow in pathogenic bacteria ... Crystal structure of part of the type VI secretion system solved on PROXIMA1

- PROXIMA 1 and 2: Novel insights in the attachment of the bacterial carcinogen Helicobacter pylori

- Ribosome inhibitors: new structural basis unraveled in eukaryotes

- Noncoding RNA, the case of the LC ribozyme

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