MYTHEN2 R Series

Microstrip X-ray detectors for your laboratory

MYTHEN2 R microstrip detectors fully unite all benefits of synchrotron-proven technology with laboratory and industrial needs. Two key technologies, single-photon counting and Hybrid Photon Counting (HPC), combined with a range of sensor geometries ensure the best possible data quality in all X-ray diffraction and scattering techniques. Radiation-hardness and maintenance-free operation make MYTHEN2 detectors the perfect choice for crystallography teaching, multi-purpose service laboratories in academia, portable diffractometers, and industrial sites with strict Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) rules. 

Hybrid Photon Technology enables direct detection of X-rays, resulting in sharp signals. This feature is further enhanced by the unique features of MYTHEN2 detectors: A strip width of only 50 μm and a point-spread function of 1 strip make it the detector with the narrowest strip currently on the market, and thus with unprecedented signal resolution.

Single-photon counting eliminates dark current and readout noise and delivers superior data. MYTHEN2 R detectors combine noise-free performance with high quantum efficiency for the widest X-ray energy range: from Ti to Ag. This approach makes the most of weak laboratory sources by maximizing the signal-to-noise ratio and minimizing the measurement and data processing times.

The new MYTHEN2 R series expands the possibilities in laboratory X-ray analysis even further. The redesigned module is available in two sizes: MYTHEN2 R 1K with 1280 strips and MYTHEN2 R 1D with 640 strips. Their compact size and symmetrical sensor position is suitable for any diffractometer geometry: from portable instruments to large systems.

MYTHEN2 R series completes the unique advantages of our series of laboratory detectors. It brings multi-modular solutions from synchrotrons to your laboratory. The newly designed Detector Control System (DCS4) supports up to four MYTHEN2 modules, enabling wide angular coverage.

Key advantages

  • Short strips for high-throughput measurements with Ti and Cr radiation
  • Thick sensor for PDF measurements with Ag radiation
  • Compact size that fits in any diffractometer and budget
  • Multi-modular systems for a wide angular coverage
  • Maintenance- and media-free

OEM Partners

MYTHEN2 R detectors are integrated into variety of X-ray diffraction and scattering instruments, covering classical XRPD, SAXS, stress, reflectometry and PDF applications.


MYTHEN2 R Detectors


  • X-ray powder diffraction and scattering techniques
  • Residual stress measurements
  • Thin film and texture analysis
  • PDF analysis
  • Dispersive fluorescence spectroscopy

A detailed overview of MYTHEN's unique features can be found here and here.

Tailored to your needs

The MYTHEN2 R series lets you tailor all synchrotron-proven benefits of MYTHEN microstrip detectors to your needs. Hybrid pixel direct detection, single-photon counting and a variety of sensor geometries perfectly match the requirements of your laboratory and your budget.

MYTHEN2 R systems with a sensor thickness of 320 μm and 4-mm strip length are optimal for residual stress measurements. High quantum efficiency, maximal signal-to-noise ratio, fluorescence suppression and absence of dark current enable accurate measurements using Ti and Cr radiation to be performed within seconds [1]. Featuring two 640-channel modules, MYTHEN2 R 2D is the ideal solution for measurements using the sin2Ψ-method.

Systems featuring a strip length of 8 mm provide the largest sensitive area, which allows them to maximize the signal from weak laboratory sources from standard Cu tubes to Ag radiation. Classic X-ray powder diffraction measurements can now be performed with reduced measuring times, and PDF-measurements are ready to be transferred from synchrotron sources to your laboratory.

An increasing number of instruments for laboratory and industrial applications can be easily equipped or upgraded with one or several MYTHEN2 R detectors. The new Detector Control System (DCS4) can operate up to four modules, allowing for multi-modular solutions in laboratory diffractometers. These systems provide wide angular coverage with a gap of only 6 mm between the sensitive areas of the modules. Standard industrial cables connecting the modules and the DCS4 further enhance the flexibility and simplicity of the system.

[1] Šišak Jung, D. et al. (2014) Adv. Mat. Res. 996, 203-208