In the most recent experiment a research group lead by prof. Gergely Katona, the senior lecturer of the Department of Chemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Gothenburg in Sweden together with the ELI Beamlines staff represented by Krishna Khakurel, Vitaly Polovinkin and Borislav Angelov performed protein crystallography experiments at the newly commissioned X-ray diffraction station. ELI Beamlines provided prof. Katona and his Ph.D. student Viktor Gagnér with the latest technologies in the experimental hall E1 at ELI Beamlines.
The experiment, which was made, aims to develop the methodology for the future pump probe protein crystallography at ELI with the utilization of Tera Hertz (THz) activation. The users measured X-ray diffraction from the model protein Lysozyme while it was excited with non-ionizing THz radiation.
The experiment was successful and it is an important achievement opening the road for more advanced projects that will be realized in the coming months to demonstrate the primary advantages of the femtosecond X-ray sources for time resolved studies. The Swedish team is already discussing the future outlook, based on this stimulating experiment.