Upgrades at X-ray Diffraction and Bio-SAXS Core Facility

22 Feb 2021

The universal, dual wavelength (Mo-Kα and Cu-Kα) diffractometer operated by X-ray Diffraction and Bio-SAXS Core Facility has been upgraded from the configuration Rigaku HighFlux HomeLab to the configuration Rigaku XtaLAB Synergy-DW™. The old X-ray detector Saturn 724+ based on CCD sensor Kodak KAF-4320E was replaced by a modern HPC (Hybrid Photon Counting) detector HyPix-6000HE and the old partial-chi axis goniometer AFC-11 by a fast high-precision 4-circle kappa goniometer. The effective performance of the diffractometer has increased approx 4 times, the new system is able to collect a complete diffraction datasets within a few (=1-3) hours, and the maximum resolution of diffraction data achievable before and after this upgrade has increased by about 0.3-0.5 Å.

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