Synchrotron users are already familiar with the high-performance EIGER2 detector family, and now DECTRIS brings a complete detector series with this upgraded technology to laboratories. DECTRIS’ OEM partners are offering the detectors to all interested researchers.
Figure 1. EIGER2 R detector family
“Dual energy discrimination and higher count rates!” says DECTRIS laboratory product manager Marcus Müller when asked what makes the EIGER2 R detector family particularly suitable for laboratories. Dual energy discrimination means researchers can distinguish or suppress both very low and very high energies with one exposure, and the high count rate performance keeps measurements extremely accurate even at high intensities. In other words, EIGER2 R detectors produce excellent data in a single exposure due to their exceptionally high dynamic range.
DECTRIS is known for the hybrid photon counting (HPC) technology, and this technology is also the reason EIGER2 R dwarfs other detector solutions. Direct detection of X-rays provides substantially higher sensitivity than indirect detection, Müller explains. It’s no wonder, then, that DECTRIS detectors are already behind 60 percent of all new entries in the Protein Data Bank in 2019.
Figure 2. X-ray detector technologies used in PDB releases, January to July 2019
DECTRIS presented the EIGER2 R detector family at the 32nd European Crystallographic Meeting (ECM32) in Vienna August 19. The detectors are already available for purchase via DECTRIS’ OEM partners: STOE, marXperts and Rigaku provide solutions for single-crystal diffraction, Anton Paar and Xenocs are experts in SAXS, and Bruker AXS is the right company to turn to for powder diffraction research.
“We will ship the first detectors in October 2019”, says Müller.