X-ray standing waves: A molecular yardstick for biological membranes

M. J. Bedzyk*, D. H. Bilderback, G. M. Bommarito, M. Caffrey, J. S. Schildkraut

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Structural information on an atomic scale has been obtained for a Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) trilayer system by means of long-period x-ray standing waves. The LB trilayer of zinc and cadmium arachidate was deposited on a layered synthetic microstructure (LSM) consisting of 200 tungsten/silicon layer pairs with a 25 Å period. A 30 Å thermally induced inward collapse of the zinc atom layer that was initially located in the LB trilayer at 53 Å above the LSM surface has been observed. The mean position and width of the zinc atom layer was determined with a precision of ±0.3 Å.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1788-1791
Number of pages4
Issue number4874
StatePublished - 1988

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