alchymista:

A diffraction image of a protein crystal, which is created by using a particle accelerator to irradiate the protein with X-rays. This technique enables scientists to see internal structures of complex protein molecules such as enzymes. (via)

Here’s a fine example of science using X-ray diffraction. This pattern is created by interference at certain angles of X-rays bouncing off the atoms in the protein. And from this, you can figure out the arrangement of the atoms.
The “particle accelerator” here is probably a synchrotron light source, where the scientists travelled to do the experiment.

alchymista:

A diffraction image of a protein crystal, which is created by using a particle accelerator to irradiate the protein with X-rays. This technique enables scientists to see internal structures of complex protein molecules such as enzymes. (via)

Here’s a fine example of science using X-ray diffraction. This pattern is created by interference at certain angles of X-rays bouncing off the atoms in the protein. And from this, you can figure out the arrangement of the atoms.

The “particle accelerator” here is probably a synchrotron light source, where the scientists travelled to do the experiment.

(via fyeahchemistry)