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Design and construction of a compact end-station at NSRRC for circular-dichroism spectra in the vacuum-ultraviolet region.

Journal of synchrotron radiation (2010-10-27)
Szu Heng Liu, Yi Hung Lin, Liang Jen Huang, Shiang Wen Luo, Wan Lin Tsai, Su Yu Chiang, Hok Sum Fung
ABSTRACT

A synchrotron-radiation-based circular-dichroism end-station has been implemented at beamline BL04B at the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center (NSRRC) in Taiwan for biological research. The design and performance of this compact end-station for measuring circular-dichroism spectra in the vacuum-ultraviolet region are described. The linearly polarized light from the beamline is converted to modulated circularly polarized light with a LiF photoelastic modulator to provide a usable wavelength region of 130-330 nm. The light spot at the sample position is 5 mm × 5 mm at a slit width of 300 µm and provides a flux greater than 1 × 10(11) photons s(-1) (0.1% bandwidth)(-1). A vacuum-compatible cell made of two CaF(2) windows has a variable path length from 1.3 µm to 1 mm and a temperature range of 253-363 K. Measured CD spectra of (1S)-(+)-10-camphorsulfonic acid and proteins demonstrated the ability of this system to extend the wavelength down to 172 nm in aqueous solution and 153 nm in hexafluoro-2-propanol.

MATERIALS
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Brand
Product Description

Sigma-Aldrich
(1S)-(+)-10-Camphorsulfonic acid, 99%
Sigma-Aldrich
(1R)-(−)-10-Camphorsulfonic acid, 98%
Sigma-Aldrich
Camphor-10-sulfonic acid (β), 98%
Sigma-Aldrich
(+)-Camphor-10-sulfonic acid, purum, ≥98.0% (T)
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(−)-Camphor-10-sulfonic acid, purum, ≥98.0% (T)

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