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Beamline 17-ID-B: Sector 17 - Insertion Device Beamline

Life Sciences


IMCA-CAT is dedicated to high-throughput macromolecular crystallography for the pharmaceutical industry. The beamline is equipped with robotics and automated for sample mounting, centering, data acquisition, and data processing. Multiple modes of access are available, including on site and remote.


Supported Techniques

  • Macromolecular crystallography
  • Multi-wavelength anomalous dispersion
  • Microbeam
  • Single-wavelength anomalous dispersion
  • Large unit cell crystallography
  • Subatomic (<0.85 Å) resolution

Beamline Controls and Data Acquisition

Epics; GUI for beamline control (including energy or wavelength, energy scans for MAD, attenuation, slits); and JDirector (Rigaku) for data acquisition.


  • Dectris Pilatus 6M Pixel Array
  • Rontec X-Flash SDD for fluorescence spectroscopy

Additional Equipment

  • Rigaku ACTOR automounting robot (capacity for 180 samples)
  • Oxford Instruments cryojet
  • Alio air bearing goniometer (1.2 microns SOC)
  • On-axis sample visualization system
  • Automatic filling of liquid nitrogen dewars
  • User-accessible computers for data processing
  • Biochemistry laboratory for sample preparation
  • Cold room (4 degrees C)
  • Olympus stereo microscopes; Olympus DP111 digital camera
  • Mini-quad Collimators (5, 10, 20, 50, 300μm)
  • >60 TB Storage System

Local Contacts

Phone 630.252.0544

Beamline Specs


3.3 Undulator (Undulator A)

Monochromator Type


Energy Range

6-20 keV

Resolution (ΔE/E)

1.5 x 10 -4

Flux (photons/sec)

7.7 x 1012 @12.4 keV

Beam Size (HxV)


70µm x 35µm

For additional information see:

Current Status:

Operational/Accepting General Users

Access Mode:

On-site Remote