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Number of fluorescence photons per Fe atom as a function of the fluence

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posted on 13.08.2013 by Sang-Kil Son, Henry N Chapman, Robin Santra

Figure 2. Number of fluorescence photons per Fe atom as a function of the fluence.


The high-intensity version of multiwavelength anomalous diffraction (MAD) has a potential for solving the phase problem in femtosecond crystallography with x-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs). For MAD phasing, it is required to calculate or measure the MAD coefficients involved in the key equation, which depend on XFEL pulse parameters. In this work, we revisit the generalized Karle–Hendrickson equation to clarify the importance of configurational fluctuations of heavy atoms induced by intense x-ray pulses, and investigate the high-intensity cases of transmission and fluorescence measurements of samples containing heavy atoms. Based on transmission/fluorescence and diffraction experiments with crystalline samples of known structures, we propose an experimental procedure to determine all MAD coefficients at high x-ray intensity, which can be used in ab initio phasing for unknown structures.