Photo-resolved 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.”