PILATUS3 X 6M detector offers outstanding performance for macromolecular crystallography at synchrotron beamlines. The detector operates with frame rates up to 100 Hz and sub-millisecond readout time, enabling novel experimental strategies. Region-of-interest readout allows you to take advantage of frame rates up to 500Hz, which is useful for alignment of micrometer size crystals by raster scanning at a low dose. DECTRIS instant retrigger technology overcomes the intrinsic count-rate limitations of previous photon-counting detectors offering more than 10 million counts per second and pixel at 12 keV outperforming any other hybrid photon counting detector. The PILATUS3 X 6M detector system is the result of our endeavor in perfecting single-photon counting for macromolecular crystallography.

Specifications PILATUS3 X 6M

Number of detector modules (W x H) 5 x 12
Sensitive area (width x height) [mm²] 423.6 x 434.6
Pixel size [µm²] 172 x 172
Total number of pixels 2463 x 2527 = 6,224,001
Gap width: hor. / ver. [pixel] 7 / 17
Inactive area [%] 8.5
Defective pixels < 0.03%
Maximum frame rate, full frame [Hz] 100
Maximum frame rate, ROI [Hz] 500
Readout time [ms] 0.95
Point-spread function 1 pixel (FWHM)
Threshold energy [keV] 2.7 - 18
Counter depth [bit] 20 bits (1,048,575 counts)
Power consumption [W] 580
Dimensions (W x H x D) [mm³] 590 x 603 x 455
Weight [kg] 92
Module cooling Water-cooled
Electronics cooling Air-cooled
External trigger / gate 5V TTL
Maximum count rate [phts/s/pixel] 1 · 10⁷


All specifications are subject to change without notice.


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