Experimental Equipment and Hardware

Standard Equipment

The SSRL Structural Molecular Biology Group currently operates five experimental stations dedicated to macromolecular crystallography (three more stations are in various stages of construction, upgrade or planning). These stations have a uniform user environment that achieves a high level of experimental automation and utilizes state-of-the-art area detector technology.  Some of the standard hardware includes: detectors, cryocoolers, microscopes and video, noble gas pressurization devices, an automated sample mounting system, sample preparation and storage facilities, a well stocked tool and supply board, and other hardware

The hardware control system software used at our beamlines is Blu-Ice/DCS.  It efficiently hides the complexity of the instruments behind a flexible and easy to use graphical user interface.

Staff Developments

The SSRL Macromolecular Crystallography Prototype Development Group focuses on the operation and advancement of these stations as well as the development of novel techniques and specialized instrumentation for macromolecular x-ray crystallography using synchrotron radiation. In particular the group has concentrated on improved methods for anomalous scattering and phasing, cryogenic sample handling, experimental automation, and high-throughput crystallography.  For more information about some of this work, please see the following links: