We have developed a novel processing technique for protein crystals using femtosecond laser irradiation. We call this technique the femtosecond-laser-induced cut and cleave operation (fs-CACO). By precisely controlling the laser fluence and the position of the laser focal point, we are able to perform accurate and reproducible processing of protein crystals with little damage without troublesome treatment such as the unsealing of vessels and removal of solutions surrounding the crystals. To our knowledge, this is the first report on processing protein crystals using ultra-short-pulse laser ablation. Fs-CACO will be a powerful tool for making problematic protein crystals suitable for X-ray diffraction measurements.
|Journal||Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 2: Letters|
|State||Published - 24 Jun 2005|
- Femtosecond laser
- Laser processing
- Protein crystal
- Structural analysis
- X-ray diffraction