Electron Laser Imaging

X-ray diffraction pattern of a single Mimivirus particle imaged at the LCLS (Image courtesy Tomas Ekeberg, Uppsala University.)
Three-dimensional rendering of the X-ray diffraction pattern for the Photosystem I protein, reconstructed from several thousand single nanocrystal snapshots taken at the LCLS (Image courtesy Thomas White, DESY.)

As an idealist and a photographer, I can see beauty everywhere.  Now with the help of laser imaging, we can see beautiful images from deep inside a world that was not previously accessible to us.  It is now possible to view viruses with the first hard X-ray free-electron laser.  This 10 ton, 7 million dollar imaging system is producing some amazingly beautiful images, not to mention, giving us some incredible scientific information.



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