Hybrid Photon Counting Detectors for Your Laboratory

PILATUS3 R Hybrid Photon Counting detectors are designed from the ground up to achieve best possible data quality in X-ray detection. They bring the combination of two key technologies, single-photon counting and hybrid pixel technology, from the synchrotron to your laboratory. All PILATUS3 R series laboratory detectors feature DECTRIS instant retrigger, which enables substantially enhanced count rates and accurate count rate corrections.

The high count rates of PILATUS3 R series detectors are of particular advantage whenever dealing with high-intensity signals. Strong Bragg peaks from intensely diffracting samples, such as small molecules or inorganic compounds, can be measured accurately with DECTRIS instant retrigger.  

Single-photon counting eliminates all detector noise and delivers superior data. The absence of readout noise and dark current is of particular advantage when collecting data with a home source: X-ray sources in the laboratory are much weaker than at the synchrotron, requiring longer exposure times and resulting in weaker signals. With the absence of dark current and readout noise, PILATUS3 R detectors outperform all other detector technologies in the laboratory.

Hybrid Photon Counting technology enables direct detection of X-rays and results in sharper and better resolved signals than scintillator-based detectors. With short readout times and continuous acquisition, PILATUS3 R detectors deliver superior data with high efficiency. Low power and cooling requirements give you a hassle-free detector system with minimal maintenance.

The PILATUS3 R detector series is designed for your needs in the laboratory and offers synchrotron-proven technology at unrivaled value. Take advantage of PILATUS’ unique features to get the best data from your most challenging samples.


  • Direct detection of X-rays in single-photon-counting mode
  • DECTRIS instant retrigger technology for non-paralyzable counting
  • Highest local and global count rates
  • Accurate count rate correction for supreme data quality at high count rates
  • No readout noise
  • No dark current
  • Excellent point-spread function
  • High dynamic range
  • Short readout time
  • High frame rates


  • Macromolecular crystallography (MX)
  • Single crystal diffraction (SCD)
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD)
  • Small and wide-angle scattering (SAXS/WAXS)
  • Surface diffraction
  • Diffuse scattering
  • Imaging
  • Non-destructive testing


PILATUS3 R Hybrid Photon Counting detectors for laboratory applications

Tailored to your needs

PILATUS3 detectors have revolutionized data acquisition at synchrotron beamlines. The unique features of PILATUS3 are also key advantages in laboratory and industry.

PILATUS3 R detectors are specifically designed for laboratory applications. They feature all of the synchrotron-proven advantages of PILATUS3 and are tailored to your needs in the laboratory: Simplified readout electronics perfectly match the requirements in the laboratory and let PILATUS3 R meet your budget. Hybrid pixel direct detection, single-photon counting, and DECTRIS instant retrigger, the key technologies for superior data and high efficiency, are fully implemented without compromise in all PILATUS3 R detectors. An increasing number of instruments for laboratory and industry applications can be equipped or upgraded with PILATUS3 R detectors. Use the freedom to integrate PILATUS3 R in your own setup or benefit from a readily available instrument from a DECTRIS OEM partner.


OEM Partners

PILATUS3 R detectors are readily available in the instruments from our OEM partners:

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