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Bruker to launch new X-ray crystallography systems

Bruker is set to launch a new series of high-performance X-ray crystallography systems, including the D8 QUEST and the D8 VENTURE.

The D8 QUEST is a single X-ray source configuration for typical applications in chemical crystallography, while the D8 VENTURE provides the platform for all dual wavelength combinations for chemical and biological crystallography.

The D8 QUEST and D8 VENTURE systems both feature the newly-developed PHOTON 100TM detector, the first CMOS-based detector for chemical crystallography.

The PHOTON 100 detector is based on a large, research-grade CMOS sensor with an active area of 100 cm2 that is four times larger than typical CCD chips commonly used for X-ray detection today.

All new D8 system configurations feature a new beam path design that allows easy alignment with the X-ray enclosure doors closed in order to comply with the latest radiation safety regulations.

The D8 systems also offer a range of goniometer options, including the open access and convenience of the FIXED-CHI, or the performance and flexibility of the KAPPA geometry.

Both new goniometers are driven by a new collision-avoidance program, based on the latest robotic trajectory-planning algorithms.

Bruker AXS Single Crystal XRD global product manager Michael Ruf said with its advanced CMOS detector technology, X-ray sources, software and modular design, the new D8 QUEST and D8 VENTURE crystallography systems offer powerful capabilities to deal with these challenging scientific problems.