Scientific Highlights 2016

20. October 2016

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First protein structure solved using the JUNGFRAU detector!

JUNGFRAU is a charge-integrating, two-dimensional pixel detector developed at the Paul Scherrer Institut for use at free-electron lasers, in particular SwissFEL, and synchrotron light sources. On the 10th October, the first protein crystallography experiment using the JUNGFRAU detector, was performed at the beamline X06SA (PXI) of the Swiss Light Source by the members of the Protein Crystallography and Detectors groups at PSI.

30 June 2016

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Single shot grating interferometry demonstrated using direct conversion detection

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute's Swiss Light Source in Villigen, Switzerland, have developed an X-ray grating interferometry setup which does not require an analyzer grating, by directly detecting the fringes generated by the phase grating with a high resolution detector. The 25um pitch GOTTHARD microstrip detector utilizes a direct conversion sensor in which the charge generated from a single absorbed photon is collected by more than one channel. Therefore it is possible to interpolate to achieve a position resolution finer than the strip pitch. The micron-level resolution delivered by the detector together with the appropriate algorithm to analyze the recorded fringe allows the differential phase signal to be retrieved. The interferometer's flux efficiency is increased by a factor of 2 compared to a standard Talbot-Lau interferometer by avoiding the use of the analyzer grating, which will lead to faster acquisition times and a potential dose reduction.

30 March 2016

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Watching lithium move in battery materials

In order to understand limitations in current battery materials and systematically engineer better ones, it is helpful to be able to directly visualize the lithium dynamics in materials during battery charge and discharge. Researchers at ETH Zurich and Paul Scherrer Institute have demonstrated a way to do this.