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First published results from new X-ray laser

August 28, 2018

With the publication of the first experimental measurements performed at the facility, the European X-ray Free-Electron Laser (EuXFEL) has passed another critical milestone since its launch in September 2017. It is the first of a “next generation” of XFELs that offer much more rapid data collection than was possible before. As the EuXFEL delivers X-ray pulses at the almost unbelievable rate of one million pulses per second, experimental measurements can be completed more quickly, allowing more experiments to be carried out per year. It was not obvious however, that current measurement techniques would be able to handle this deluge of X-ray pulses. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg and from Rutgers University in Newark, USA, working with an international team of collaborators and scientists from DESY and the EuXFEL, have now demonstrated that not only can this be done, but also that high quality structural information on biological molecules is obtained. This is a breakthrough for the facility and for structural biologists using XFELs worldwide. [more]

Marie Grünbein receives Klaus Arnold Publication Prize

September 21, 2018

Marie Luise Grünbein was awarded the Klaus Arnold Publication Prize of the German Society for Biophysics (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Biophysik) in Düsseldorf on September 19th. The prize is awarded biannually to a young scientist who is the first author of an outstanding publication in the field of biophysics.

“I’m very happy to receive this year’s Klaus Arnold Publication Prize. The recognition of the work we published recently is an exceptional compliment to me and to all participants in this experiment”, says Marie Grünbein after the ceremony.

The paper that was published in Nature Communications in August (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-05953-4) is the first to report on experimental measurements and results at the European X-Ray Free Electron Laser (EuXFEL) in Hamburg. Evidence of high-quality data collected at the laser is a milestone for the facility, which was just opened in September 2017.

We congratulate Marie Grünbein on this award!

Marie Luise Grünbein (right) and her mentor R. Bruce Doak (left) at the award presentation on September 19th in Düsseldorf, Germany. Zoom Image

Marie Luise Grünbein (right) and her mentor R. Bruce Doak (left) at the award presentation on September 19th in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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