The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory celebrated the arrival of the world’s largest, highest-performance nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer—a first-of-its-kind 900 megahertz wide-bore system developed by Oxford Instruments and Varian Inc.

The 900 MHz wide-bore nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer is a powerful scientific instrument that may enable scientists to make new discoveries in the chemical, physical, biological and life sciences. When operational, this unique system could enhance understanding of basic molecular and cellular processes and how those relate to damage or repair to DNA, disease development and protein interactions.