MicroMAX Technical Info
MicroMAX combines three unique aspects of structure determination: structures from macromolecules that cannot be crystallised to sufficient size or quality, room temperature structures, and time resolved structures down to the micro- or millisecond timescale.
MicroMAX is a dedicated macromolecular crystallography instrument that will deliver exceptional micro-focus, achieving a focal spot as small as 1 μm2, which is two orders of magnitude lower than that delivered by BioMAX. In monochromatic mode, the X-ray flux will be very high, delivering > 1013 X-ray photons per second at the sample position. When using multilayer optics, MicroMAX will provide a polychromatic X-ray beam (ΔE/E ~1 %) delivering up to 1015 X-ray photons per second.
By combining the unique beam properties with a flexible design of the experimental station, the MicroMAX beamline will, when it goes into operation, be second to none for demanding protein structure solutions. MicroMAX will from the start offer several sample delivery methods including traditional oscillation data collection and new serial crystallography schemes. MicroMAX will also be ready to easily accept new developments in technology for sample delivery and manipulation.
MicroMAX will also create a bridge between synchrotron and XFEL radiation sources.
The MicroMAX webpages will be updated with information about the design and performance as these are finalized.