As a structural biologist that primarily uses protein X-ray crystallography, my research is highly dependent on synchrotron sources. These are specialised, large instruments that produce synchrotron radiation that we can use to irradiate our protein crystals. From the collected diffraction data, we can then determine structural models of our particular protein of study.
Beyond the fact that they are very useful to my research, I also think that they are amazing engineering achievements. Moreover, I think they are architecturally stunning.
In these few images, collected during several recent data collection trips, I want to share my views on these amazing instruments. Beautiful, no?