Fourth LCLS Instrument Moves In
Last Saturday brought perfect chamber-moving weather, and a handful of SLAC riggers, vacuum assembly personnel and scientists took full advantage of the conditions by moving the central piece of the Coherent X-ray Imaging instrument into the Far Experimental Hall of the Linac Coherent Light Source. The 4,000 pound, red girder and primary chamber assembly made their way to the FEH at one mile an hour, strapped to a flatbed trailer. There, the team guided the instrument down the tunnel incline and into the CXI hutch, the middle of three hutches in the FEH. Assembly crews will spend the next few weeks mounting a further complement of instruments and chambers to the girder in preparation for beam this December.
The CXI instrument will be used to capture detailed diffraction images of matter on the molecular scale. Check out the LCLS CXI instrument page for a detailed description of its experimental capabilities.
—photos and text by Brad Plummer