Experimental Techniques: Photo-Crystallography

 

Photo- or time-resolved crystallography in exploring molecular meta-stable states.

  • uses the pulsed nature of the synchrotron source, together with its brilliance, to measure diffraction from samples that have been raised to excited states using laser light.
  • The mathematical analysis of the results is complex.
  • This technique has been developed over a period of years, using various light sources. It continues to raise intriguing possibilities for observing molecular structure in "non-equilibrium states."