Rigaku Launches the XtaLAB PRO Series of Single Crystal X-Ray Diffraction HPAD-Based Systems

29 Aug 2014
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Rigaku Corporation announced the release of a new product line for single crystal diffraction. The XtaLAB PRO series is designed around hybrid pixel array detector (HPAD) technology, a technology that produces the best possible single crystal diffraction data available today. At the core of the system is the Dectris PILATUS 200K detector, a photon-counting detector that is essentially noise free and offers extremely fast readout times and a dynamic range high enough even for synchrotron sources.

“To our customers, HPAD technology means that they can perform shutterless data collection, today – not some promise in the future.” says Dr. Paul Swepston, President of Rigaku’s Single Crystal Strategic Business Unit. “Shutterless data collection is a huge timesaver and produces even better data when using an HPAD detector. In addition, the extremely low noise characteristics of HPAD technology mean that weakly diffracting crystals can be measured with long exposure times, without the diffraction signal being swamped by electronic detector noise.”

The XtaLAB PRO series can be configured with many different X-ray sources, including a dual source configuration utilizing both micofocus sealed tube technology and standard X-ray tube technology with special curved focusing optics. For customers that have poorly diffracting samples or the need for high throughput, Rigaku’s world-leading rotating anode sources can be configured with the XtaLAB PRO systems.

The XtaLAB PRO series is also being introduced with a new software package, XtaLAB PRO Guidance, which has a simplified user interface as well as new underlying computational engines that have been rewritten with all of the modern processing algorithms incorporated.

As chemists continue to synthesize larger and larger non-biological molecules, such as MOFs, the needs of the small molecule crystallographer and protein crystallographer become closer and closer. The XtaLAB PRO series bridges the gap between the areas of small molecule crystallography and macromolecular crystallography.

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