06. December 2018

Diamond receives two new detectors with the latest technology to enable world-leading synchrotron research

As part of Diamond’s ongoing commitment to providing the most state-of-the-art facilities to its users and scientists, the facility has just received delivery of two of the new EIGER2 detectors from DECTRIS for its I03 and I04 beamlines.

These new detectors boast a range of new and improved features, including instant retrigger technology and a four-time increased count rate capability (107 photons/s/pixel) compared to previous models. The EIGER2 offers two energy discriminating thresholds, and the detector has both a high spatial resolution with 75 µm pixel size and a large active area for wide angular coverage. This makes it ideal for macromolecular crystallography applications at Diamond.

Dr Dave Hall, Science Group Leader for Macromolecular Crystallography at Diamond, notes that:

“These new detectors will allow us to continue to develop and refine data collection methodologies for macromolecular crystallography to the benefit of our user community and are just the next step in our fantastic ongoing collaboration with DECTRIS. Providing state-of-the-art equipment to our users and research teams is key for us to continue to pioneer world-changing research here at Diamond Light Source.”

The detectors will be used to push the limits of what is feasible for “routine” macromolecular experiments including fully automating advanced data collection protocols. They also provide an optimised detector for in situ biological containment level 3 measurements on I03 (a unique capability) and for furthering the use of microfocus beams for macromolecular crystallography on I04 improving throughput and the experimental envelope for beamline users at Diamond.

Stefan Brandstetter, PhD, head of product management at DECTRIS comments:

“We are extremely happy that we can provide Diamond Light Source with the latest detector technology, and we’re proud to play a part in Diamond’s scientific advancements. The EIGER2 combines the best qualities of both out PILATUS3 and previous EIGER detectors, and we are happy to bring these advancements to synchrotron research.”