High dynamic range

A counter depth of 20 bits (~ 1 million counts) in conjunction with the absence of detector noise ensures unprecedented contrast and dynamic range, leading to excellent image and data quality. Extremely strong and weak signals can be accurately detected on a single image (Fig. 3). Especially for high-energy photons, it is an important advantage that each photon only generates a single count independent of the photon energy, as this preserves the detector's high dynamic range at all energies.

Fig. 3: Reciprocal space map showing X-ray Diffuse Scattering of a Bismuth sample studied at 69.7 keV.Acknowledgment: Measurement by Alexei Bosak (ESRF) at beamline ID15A using  PILATUS3 X CdTe. Recording  10 frames per second, the measurement was completed within only a few minutes. The detector's high dynamic range is essential for measuring the extremely weak diffuse scattering signal between the strong Bragg peaks.