System Components

A PILATUS3 X CdTe detector system consists of

  • Pixel detector,
  • Power supply,
  • Detector server,
  • Closed-circuit water thermostat for temperature stabilization,
  • And all connecting cables and hoses.

PILATUS3 X CdTe 1M and 2M detector systems include a PPU mini to ensure stable high-speed data transfer to an external storage (i.e. beamline storage).

Calibration and energy range

Every detector is thoroughly calibrated before delivery and does not need to be recalibrated. The detectors equipped with CdTe sensors cover a continuous range of threshold energies from 8 to 40 keV, with an extension to lower threshold energies available upon request. Excellent data can be obtained with threshold-to-X-ray-energy ratios of up to 75%, e.g. for fluorescence suppression, with an optimum at a ratio of 50%. Thus an X-ray energy range from at least 10 to 100 keV is accessible. 


All PILATUS3 X-ray detector systems are provided with a camera server program which can be easily interfaced via TCP/IP from different software packages. Examples are available for the interfacing of detectors with SPEC and EPICS (see download section, accessible after login). 

The ALBULA viewer program can be used for optimally displaying the images of DECTRIS' pixel detectors. ALBULA is free software and comes with a Python API for integration of the viewer into your own software. Please follow the link for more details. 

Warranty and Maintenance

A 12 month warranty is included with all PILATUS3 X CdTe detector systems. Warranty extensions are available on request.

PILATUS3 X CdTe detector systems are completely service-free and require minimal maintance. Maintanence contracts with benefits such as guarenteed response time and warranty for detector parts keep your downtime to a minimum in case of accidental damage to the detector. Read more here.