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DECTRIS Ltd. introduces the PILATUS3 CdTe detector series for high-energy diffraction and imaging applications

(PresseBox) (Baden, Switzerland, ) DECTRIS introduces a new Hybrid Photon Counting (HPC) detector series, PILATUS3 X CdTe, extending the DECTRIS product palette for the detection of hard X-ray radiation.

The outstanding performance of the existing PILATUS3 Hybrid Photon Counting (HPC) technology has been combined with the excellent high-energy detection capability of cadmium telluride (CdTe) sensor material. With the PILATUS3 X CdTe series, DECTRIS becomes the first commercial supplier of single-photon counting, large-area CdTe detectors. The detectors offer high quantum efficiency up to 100 keV X-ray energy and outstanding count-rate capability. While the front part of the detector, the sensor, is now made of efficient cadmium telluride single crystals, the readout technology of the PILATUS3 remains unchanged, thus offering the same superb features common to all PILATUS3 detectors: optimal signal-to-noise ratio achieved by photon-counting technology, excellent point-spread function and the capability of exactly measuring signals with high contrasts. Moreover, the detectors' high speed enables recording of up to 500 images per second.

With the PILATUS3 X CdTe detector series the waiting of the hard X-ray community has an end. The direct-conversion CdTe technology overcomes the bottleneck posed by previous detector technologies. CdTe detectors don't show image lag or afterglow that would distort the signal in fast image series. Many high-energy X-ray diffraction techniques at synchrotron laboratories will strongly benefit from these new detectors, with their high speed and excellent count-rate capability matching the ever higher flux available at modern synchrotron sources.

The large energy range of PILATUS3 X CdTe also makes this detector series ideal for applications in X-ray imaging such as projection imaging (radiography), computed tomography (CT) as well as for non-destructive testing (NDT) and Security tasks.

"With the introduction of the PILATUS3 CdTe detector series, the efforts of several years of constant development and improvement on this cutting-edge technology have paid off. DECTRIS is proud to extend its Hybrid Photon Counting product series with CdTe detectors for the hard X-ray synchrotron community. The same outstanding detector performance that has transformed data collection at synchrotron sources and in the laboratory is now available in the energy range from 15 - 100 keV. In addition we expect and are excited about seeing these noise-free and fast detectors spread for imaging applications." says Dr. Christian Broennimann, CEO of DECTRIS.

DECTRIS now presents the PILATUS3 X CdTe detector systems in four different sizes: 300K, 300K-W, 1M, and 2M. First deliveries are planned already for summer 2015. More information about the new detector series has been released on

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DECTRIS Ltd. is one of the technologically leading companies in X-ray detection. DECTRIS Hybrid Photon Counting detectors have transformed basic research at synchrotron light sources, as well as in the laboratory and for industrial X-ray applications. DECTRIS aims to continuously improve the measurement quality, thereby enabling new scientific findings. The broad range of products is based on this pioneering technology; scaled to meet the needs of various applications. An additional major goal is to provide solutions for customer developments in scientific and industrial X-ray detection.

DECTRIS was awarded the 2010 Swiss Economic Award in the High-Tech Biotech category; the most prestigious prize for start-up companies in Switzerland.

For more information please contact Dr. Clemens Schulze-Briese (, DECTRIS Ltd., Neuenhoferstrasse 107, 5400 Baden, Switzerland,