Nanosecond X-ray diffraction from biological samples with a laser-produced plasma source

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Science  11 May 1979:
Vol. 204, Issue 4393, pp. 622-624
DOI: 10.1126/science.432665


By using 4.45-angstrom radiation generated by Cl+15 ions in a laser plasma and nanosecond exposures, low-angle x-ray diffraction patterns were obtained from dried rat spinal nerves and a powder of cholesterol. Three to four 400-picosecond, 45-joule pulses were required for the exposure. This new technique should have wide application in structural kinetic studies.