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The schema shows the rhodopsin signal transduction, from light absorption to switching off by binding arrestin.

How do I smell? Much the same as how you see!


A collaboration between researchers from the Institute for Medical Physics and Biophysics (IMPB) at the Charité in Berlin and the European Synchrotron (ESRF) has uncovered a new common feature in the molecular processes that are responsible...


The ESRF: a great place to earn your degree

ESRF has helped 800 graduates obtain their diploma


This year the ESRF topped the 800-mark for the number of undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas obtained by students having carried out part or the totality of their placement in-house.


Stardust Spacecraft (Artist Concept). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Secrets of Stardust Studied at the ESRF


Interstellar Dust Particles captured during NASA's Stardust Mission were studied using the ESRF's ultra-bright X-rays. The ESRF was one of the international research laboratories selected by NASA to study these nanoscopic materials. Findings...


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Nano X-ray fluorescence images of copper in the cortex (left) and stele (right) of a secondary root in field pennycress (Thlaspi arvense).

Molecular form of copper in root cells of a non-hyperaccumulating plant grown in an urban setting


Metal acquisition or detoxification in the roots of vascular plants occurs through biochemical mechanisms that involve specialised metal-complexing molecules. Current knowledge is largely based on hyperaccumulating species having high metal...


2D map of the tilt magnitude (up to 0.0024°) of the Si {001} atomic planes with respect to the surface for a FIB etched image on a 40 nm Si0.8Ge0.2 layer grown on Si.

Fast diffraction imaging for nano- and micro- electronics and functional materials


An optimised quick mapping technique (K-Map) has been put into service at ID01, the ESRF’s beamline for diffraction imaging, during the current refurbishment of this beamline. This enhancement of the beamline makes it capable of rapidly accessing...


SEM micrograph of a typical chip used for experiments on the Bi-2212 microcrystals.

Oxygen doping level tuning in the Bi-2212 superconductor by X-ray nano-beam irradiation


Hard X-rays could be used as a novel direct-writing, photoresist-free lithographic process with potential nanometric resolution and 3D capability, thus overcoming the current limitations in the fabrication of miniaturised devices. A team of...


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