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Development of a high brilliance laboratory SAXS/WAXS beamline

Intellectual merit: In collaboration with the newly established NSF BioPacific MIP, the MRL X-ray facility team spearheaded the development of an SAXS-WAXS (small and wide angle x-ray scattering) laboratory beamline with unparalleled beam brightness for high throughput characterization of biopolymers and nanostructures.  The instrument, incorporating a liquid metal jet x-ray source (with the highest beam brightness in a lab environment) and a 4 megapixel photon counting area detector, provides a performance level comparable to a 2nd generation synchrotron . The beamline is optimized for high throughput capabilities by incorporating a high degree of automation, an intuitive user interface and smart analysis software for rapid measurement turn around as well as versatility to suit a wide range of applications.

Broader Impacts: The platform instrument is available via a user proposal program, with broader impact on a wide research community.