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ORNL HFIR IMAGINE diffractometer starts commissioning

On August 2, 2012, the IMAGINE instrument at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge national Laboratory (ORNL) entered the commissioning phase with the handing over of the instrument shutter keys to the instrument team (Picture). IMAGINE will enable the neutron structure of macromolecules to be determined at or near atomic resolutions (1.5 ) from crystals with volume < 1mm3 and unit cell < 100 .

The acquisition, installation and operation of IMAGINE at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) is co-funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a state-of-the-art facility and user-access program for neutron-diffraction analysis.

For more information: ORNL Neutron Diffraction or contact Flora Meilleur.

Doug Selby, HFIR instrument project manager, hands the shutter keys to IMAGINE lead instrument scientist Flora Meilleur