International Tables for Crystallography

Radiation damage
E. F. Garman. International Tables for Crystallography (2012). Vol. F, ch. 10.3, pp. 256-261  [ doi:10.1107/97809553602060000829 ]


Radiation damage and its effects on diffraction data and the biological information obtained from macromolecular structures has re-emerged as a concern for crystallographers as ever more intense synchrotron-produced X-ray beams become available. Cryocrystallographic techniques, where crystals are cooled to around 100 K, are no longer enough, and there is also a resurgence of interest in room-temperature data collection where damage is swift. The current status of our knowledge and understanding of radiation damage in macromolecular crystallography is summarized.

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International Tables for Crystallography is the definitive resource and reference work for crystallography. The series consists of nine volumes and comprises articles and tables of data relevant to crystallographic research and to applications of crystallographic methods in all sciences concerned with the structure and properties of materials.