The outstanding performance of the PILATUS3 X Hybrid Photon Counting (HPC) detectors has been combined with the excellent high-energy detection capability of cadmium telluride (CdTe) sensor material.

PILATUS3 X CdTe detectors are the first large area, single-photon counting detectors offering highly efficient detection up to 100 keV. They make the unique properties of the PILATUS3 detector technology available for hard X-ray applications without any compromise. DECTRIS instant retrigger technology and thorough product development enable a breakthrough in count rate capability and stability for CdTe, with less than 1% signal variation at 2.5 × 106 photons/s/pixel over a period of several hours. Noise-free single-photon counting in conjunction with a 20-bit counter and direct conversion allows weak signals next to strong peaks to be measured with best possible signal-to-noise ratio. Time-resolved and scanning beam experiments take advantage of frame rates of up to 500 Hz with sub-millisecond readout times, free of any image lag.

With the PILATUS3 X CdTe detector series the hard X-ray community's waiting has come to an end. Be the first to realize your scientific dreams with this unique detector technology!


  • High quantum efficiency, up to 100 keV
  • Outstanding count rate stability 
  • Noise-free single-photon counting
  • No image lag or afterglow
  • Excellent point-spread function
  • Frame rates of up to 500 Hz
  • Overflow-free 20-bit counter
  • Low-maintenance operation at room temperature
  • Easy integration 


PILATUS3 X CdTe - Hard X-ray detection without compromise


X-Ray Diffraction

  • High-energy X-ray diffraction (HE-XRD)
  • X-ray diffraction tomography and microscopy (XRD-CT/XDM)
  • X-ray powder diffraction and Pair-Distribution Function analysis (XPD, PDF)
  • High-pressure/high-temperature XRD (HP-XRD/HT-XRD)
  • Inelastic X-ray scattering (IXS)
  • X-ray diffuse scattering (XDS)
  • Time-resolved / in situ experiments


  • X-ray projection imaging (Radiography)
  • X-ray computed tomography (CT)
  • Small animal/pre-clinical computed tomography
  • X-ray phase-contrast imaging (PCI)
  • Non-destructive testing (NDT) and security