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Ultrafast non-thermal heating of water initiated by an X-ray laser
Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, Hamburg, Germany.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics. (Molekyl- och kondenserade materiens fysik)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2076-0918
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, USA.
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, USA.
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2018 (English)In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, ISSN 0027-8424, E-ISSN 1091-6490, Vol. 115, no 22, p. 5652-5657Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

X-ray Free-Electron Lasers have opened the door to a new era in structural biology, enabling imaging of biomolecules and dynamics that were impossible to access with conventional methods. A vast majority of imaging experiments, including Serial Femtosecond Crystallography, use a liquid jet to deliver the sample into the interaction region. We have observed structural changes in the carrying water during X-ray exposure, showing how it transforms from the liquid phase to a plasma. This ultrafast phase transition observed in water provides evidence that any biological structure exposed to these X-ray pulses is destroyed during the X-ray exposure.The bright ultrafast pulses of X-ray Free-Electron Lasers allow investigation into the structure of matter under extreme conditions. We have used single pulses to ionize and probe water as it undergoes a phase transition from liquid to plasma. We report changes in the structure of liquid water on a femtosecond time scale when irradiated by single 6.86 keV X-ray pulses of more than 106 J/cm2. These observations are supported by simulations based on molecular dynamics and plasma dynamics of a water system that is rapidly ionized and driven out of equilibrium. This exotic ionic and disordered state with the density of a liquid is suggested to be structurally different from a neutral thermally disordered state.

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2018. Vol. 115, no 22, p. 5652-5657
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Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-294554DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1711220115ISI: 000433283700046PubMedID: 29760050OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-294554DiVA, id: diva2:930554
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Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research Swedish Research Council, 2013-3940The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT)Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC)Carl Tryggers foundation
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Available from: 2016-05-24 Created: 2016-05-24 Last updated: 2018-08-20Bibliographically approved
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1. Femtosecond Dynamics in Water and Biological Materials with an X-Ray Laser
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Femtosecond Dynamics in Water and Biological Materials with an X-Ray Laser
2016 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Using high intensity ultrashort pulses from X-ray free electron lasers to investigate soft matter is a recent and successful development. The last decade has seen the development of new variant of protein crystallography with femtosecond dynamics, and single particle imaging with atomic resolution is on the horizon. The work presented here is part of the effort to explain what processes influence the capability to achieve high resolution information in these techniques. Non-local thermal equilibrium plasma continuum modelling is used to predict signal changes as a function of pulse duration, shape and energy. It is found that ionization is the main contributor to radiation damage in certain photon energy and intensity ranges, and diffusion depending on heating is dominant in other scenarios. In femtosecond protein crystallography, self-gating of Bragg diffraction is predicted to quench the signal from the latest parts of an X-ray pulse. At high intensities ionization is dominant and the last part of the pulse will contain less information at low resolution. At lower intensities, displacement will dominate and high resolution information will be gated first. Temporal pulse shape is also an important factor. The difference between pulse shapes is most prominent at low photon energy in the form of a general increase or decrease in signal, but the resolution dependance is most prominent at high energies. When investigating the X-ray scattering from water a simple diffusion model can be replaced by a molecular dynamics simulation, which predicts structural changes in water on femtosecond timescales. Experiments performed at LCLS are presented that supports the simulation results on structural changes that occur in the solvent during the exposure.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala universitet, 2016
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Biophysics Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Research subject
Physics with specialization in Biophysics
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-294553 (URN)
Presentation
2016-06-14, 80121, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 15:19 (English)
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Available from: 2016-05-27 Created: 2016-05-24 Last updated: 2016-05-27Bibliographically approved
2. Ultrafast Structural and Electron Dynamics in Soft Matter Exposed to Intense X-ray Pulses
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ultrafast Structural and Electron Dynamics in Soft Matter Exposed to Intense X-ray Pulses
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Investigations of soft matter using ultrashort high intensity pulses have been made possible through the advent of X-ray free-electrons lasers. The last decade has seen the development of a new type of protein crystallography where femtosecond dynamics can be studied, and single particle imaging with atomic resolution is on the horizon. The pulses are so intense that any sample quickly turns into a plasma. This thesis studies the ultrafast transition from soft matter to warm dense matter, and the implications for structural determination of proteins.                   

We use non-thermal plasma simulations to predict ultrafast structural and electron dynamics. Changes in atomic form factors due to the electronic state, and displacement as a function of temperature, are used to predict Bragg signal intensity in protein nanocrystals. The damage processes started by the pulse will gate the diffracted signal within the pulse duration, suggesting that long pulses are useful to study protein structure. This illustrates diffraction-before-destruction in crystallography.

The effect from a varying temporal photon distribution within a pulse is also investigated. A well-defined initial front determines the quality of the diffracted signal. At lower intensities, the temporal shape of the X-ray pulse will affect the overall signal strength; at high intensities the signal level will be strongly dependent on the resolution.

Water is routinely used to deliver biological samples into the X-ray beam. Structural dynamics in water exposed to intense X-rays were investigated with simulations and experiments. Using pulses of different duration, we found that non-thermal heating will affect the water structure on a time scale longer than 25 fs but shorter than 75 fs. Modeling suggests that a loss of long-range coordination of the solvation shells accounts for the observed decrease in scattering signal.

The feasibility of using X-ray emission from plasma as an indicator for hits in serial diffraction experiments is studied. Specific line emission from sulfur at high X-ray energies is suitable for distinguishing spectral features from proteins, compared to emission from delivery liquids. We find that plasma emission continues long after the femtosecond pulse has ended, suggesting that spectrum-during-destruction could reveal information complementary to diffraction.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2017. p. 78
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1592
Keywords
X-ray free-electron laser; Serial Femtosecond Crystallography; Radiation Damage; Plasma Simulations; Ultrafast Lasers; X-ray Imaging; Diffraction Theory; Ultrafast Phenomena; Hit Detection; Plasma Emission Spectra; Serial Femtosecond Crystallography; Protein Structure; Protein Crystallography; Metalloprotein; Non-thermal Heating; Water; Ferredoxin; NLTE Simulation; XFEL; FEL; SFX
National Category
Biophysics
Research subject
Physics with specialization in Biophysics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-331936 (URN)978-91-513-0134-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-12-15, Polhemssalen, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 09:15 (English)
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Funder
Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research , ICA10-0090Swedish Research Council, 2013-3940The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT)
Available from: 2017-11-22 Created: 2017-10-25 Last updated: 2018-03-07

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