KOLKATA, India -- Today at the Asian Crystallographic Association (AsCA) meeting in Kolkata, India, Bruker AXS announced its new, next-generation instrumentation platform for crystallography, the D8 Gen 2.
The D8 Gen 2 will become available in the D8 QUEST and D8 VENTURE and features the ground-breaking, new PHOTON IITM detector. For the first time, the PHOTON II harnesses advanced Charge Integrating Pixel Array Detector (CPAD) technology, originally developed for X-ray Free Electron Lasers (XFELs). The PHOTON II features the largest monolithic active area of 10 × 14 cm2, the highest detective quantum efficiency and the highest frame rate of any home laboratory detector. By design, the PHOTON II also completely eliminates the charge sharing noise and parallax issues that plague the current generation of Pixel Array Detectors (PADs).
The D8 Gen 2 also features the latest version of the highly successful Incoatec Microfocus Source, the IµS 3.0.The IµS 3.0 is the first ever microfocus source specifically designed and optimized for X-ray diffraction. Previous microfocus sources feature electron optics and anode geometries that are designed for non-scientific applications such as non-destructive testing and are thus not fully optimized for X-ray diffraction. By completely redesigning the X-ray source the IµS 3.0 increases X-ray intensity by 70% compared to conventional microfocus sources while retaining the legendary reliability of the IµS family, backed by a full three year warranty.
The advanced technology is complemented by the completely new APEX3 software package. It greatly enhances the crystallographers’ productivity by integrating a new, highly intuitive user interface with advanced new analysis engines for the investigation of twinned and intergrown samples and powder data. It also features new, best-ever structure solution, and refinement routines.
Dr. Jérôme Basquin, from the Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried, Germany, notes: ‘The first results from the D8 VENTURE Gen 2 have been indeed impressive. The speed of the PHOTON II is ideal for screening and the detector’s single photon sensitivity helps us to collect the weakest reflections. We have obtained a number of high-quality data sets with resolutions comparable to synchrotron data, notably on very challenging problems.’
Roger Durst, PhD, CTO and General Manager of Crystallography for Bruker AXS, notes that ‘the D8 Gen 2 is the culmination of over 6 years of intensive development and epitomizes Bruker’s ongoing ambition to put the most advanced, powerful and reliable tools into the hands of our customers. We are especially excited and proud to announce our new instrument at the Asian Crystallographic Association meeting. This underscores the ever-growing global importance of science in Asia and also the commitment of Bruker to support fully the global scientific community globally.’
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