Imaging macromolecules with x-ray laser pulses

Th, 04.02.2016 18:30  –   Th, 04.02.2016 19:30
Prof. Dr. Henry Chapman, Abteilung Kohärente Röntgenbildgebung, Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron Hamburg und Universität Hamburg
Magnus-Haus Berlin
Am Kupfergraben 7, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Event partner:
Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Stiftung
Contact person:
Andreas Böttcher,
DPG Association:
Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin e. V., Regionalverband Berlin/Brandenburg der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft e. V. (PGzB)  


Moderation: Karsten Heyne (FU Berlin)

Berliner Physikalisches Kolloquium
im Magnus-Haus, Am Kupfergraben 7, 10117 Berlin
Eine gemeinsame Veranstaltung der Physikalischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin e.V. (PGzB),
der Freien Universität Berlin (FUB), der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HUB),
der Technischen Universität Berlin (TUB) und der Universität Potsdam (UP),
gefördert durch die Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Stiftung.

X-ray science, and structure determination in particular, has continuously developed since 1895 with an increase in source brightness over that time of about 30 orders of magnitude. The development has culminated in large accelerator-driven radiation sources such as undulators and free-electron lasers. The bright laser-like beams from these sources have precipitated methodological advances for imaging complex forms of matter, such as biological macromole-cules or man-made nanostructures. An understanding of how to synthesize atomic-resolution images was developed 100 years ago by Bragg and still forms the basis for ongoing research in structure determination and coherent imaging, but in ways that perhaps Bragg would not have imagined. Our ambitions are to use these new capabilities to overcome bottlenecks in macromolecular imaging and to form ultrafast snap-shots of molecules in action, to piece together their motions and reactions.