Small critter carries giant results

A fragment of a Dermestes genus beetle
First imaging at DanMAX: A fragment of a Dermestes genus beetle.
Credit: Innokenty Kantor, DTU.

In December 2020 DanMAX at MAX IV recorded its first imaging data, calling in a new era in Danish material’s research.

Object of study: A beetle. The method that was used allows for studying low-absorbing samples with high energy X-rays. This reduces the deposited radiation dose that would otherwise cause damage, especially important for biological samples – such as beetles. The normal imaging techniques used at synchrotrons can have negative effects on DNA.

The development of non-destructive (DNA) X-ray imaging technologies is an important stride towards material’s research and investigative technologies, it is also of importance for Danish research and industry. Having these technologies in Lund opens many possibilities in biological research and makes Danish research internationally competitive.

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