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Synchrotron and beamline components

Synchrotrons and beamlines

Mirrors, optics, automation and detectors

Synchrotron beamlines have advanced in terms of flux, speed and automation, making high-throughput crystallography (HTC) routine. Despite these advancements in data collection hardware, sample mounting and alignment have to-date remained an essentially manual process or have only been automated with proprietary in-house robotic designs.

Rigaku offers the industry standard ACTOR robot, winner of the 2002 R&D 100 award, to provide automatic crystal transport, orientation and retrieval within the confines of the beamline hutch, eliminating time-consuming sample manipulation tasks currently required for routine crystal screening and data collection.

Rigaku also designs and manufactures multilayer optics and monochromators used to focus synchrotron radiation at beamlines around the world. Rigaku has the ability to build synchrotron optics with custom coatings to meet a wide range of applications. With global 24/7 service and support, Rigaku delivers cutting-edge solutions for synchrotron beamlines.

Rigaku recommends the following systems:

Small Molecule

User-inspired data collection and data processing software for small molecule and protein crystallography.


Automated crystal transport, orientation and retrieval robot specifically designed for high throughput structural biology.

High-resolution X-ray detectors for X-ray diffractometers from DECTRIS.


Small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) Kratky camera system.


Compact 2D X-ray camera for topography and imaging applications

Compact 2D X-ray camera with micron and sub-micron resolution for imaging

Calibrated metrology pA meter for intensity measurement

Application Notes

The following application notes are relevant to this industry

Protein, Single crystal