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XtaLAB Synergy-DW VHF
  • Faster, accurate data collection due to high-speed kappa goniometer, high-flux rotating anode X-ray source, fast, low-noise X-ray detector, and highly optimized instrument control software.
  • Enhanced experimental versatility with two switchable wavelengths (the following combinations are available: Mo/Cu, Cu/Cr, Cu/Co, Cu/Ag, and Ag/Mo; only Mo and Cu optics are available with VHF style optics).
  • Improve your ability to investigate small samples due to the increased flux from the rotating anode X-ray source as well as the extreme low noise of the HyPix X-ray detectors. Noise-free images mean you can count longer for weakly diffracting crystals without a loss in data quality arising from detector noise.
  • Highest level of user safety with multiply redundant electromechanical safety circuits built into the ergonomically designed radiation enclosure.
  • Minimize your downtime by utilizing built-in online diagnostics and troubleshooting to diagnose and fix almost all problems without a site visit. Even though two wavelengths are available, only one X-ray source is used.
  • Automatically solve small molecule structures and determine what your sample is in a few seconds before committing to a full dataset by using the “What is this?” feature.
  • Increased data collection speed due to the increased flux of the X-ray source.
  • Enhance your ability to resolve large unit cells, twins or incommensurate lattices when you select the optional motorized variable beam slit in order to alter divergence to adapt the source to your sample’s requirements.

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Dual wavelength rotating anode X-ray diffractometer with HPC X-ray detector

The ultimate single crystal X-ray diffractometer for a wide range of crystallographic applications

XtaLAB Synergy-DW VHF

The introduction in 2004 of the Oxford Diffraction Gemini diffractometer, with two independent X-ray sources, was a watershed moment in crystallographic instrumentation. The groundbreaking design of the Gemini suddenly gave crystallographers the ability to easily switch between Cu and Mo wavelengths and greatly expanded the experimental flexibility available for analyzing single crystal samples. The XtaLAB Synergy-DW VHF is an evolution of that revolutionary idea which retains the flexibility of the dual wavelength capability but in addition adds the exceptional flux enhancement of a reliable, rotating anode X-ray source. It is the perfect diffractometer for a core facility where protein crystallography and small molecule crystallography are both practiced.


The XtaLAB Synergy-DW VHF diffractometer contains a PhotonJet-R X-ray source that is based on the proven, low-maintenance MicroMax-007 HF microfocus rotating anode X-ray generator. The target is constructed with two different X-ray source materials (the following combinations are available: Mo/Cu, Cu/Cr, Cu/Co, Cu/Ag, and Ag/Mo) and is coupled with an auto-switching dual-wavelength optic. Two wavelengths of X-ray radiation are available at the click of a button and switching between wavelengths takes only 5 minutes. Rounding out the XtaLAB Synergy-DW VHF configuration is the fast and efficient four-circle kappa goniometer which is coupled with Rigaku’s Hybrid Photon Counting (HPC) X-ray detector, the HyPix-6000HE (or optionally the curved, large theta coverage detectors, HyPix-Arc 100° or HyPix-Arc 150°.) which has essentially no readout noise, no dark noise and high dynamic range. All of this controlled by the CrysAlisPro diffraction software package with sophisticated algorithms to tie the hardware together to minimize the time it takes to measure and solve single crystal X-ray structures.

Proven Reliability

The PhotonJet-R source was designed with reliability in mind. Clever Rigaku engineering makes filament changes easy, like swapping a printer cartridge, with no need to realign the source each time. Scheduled maintenance involves one annual visit from a Rigaku engineer, as with all XtaLAB Synergy diffractometers, and typically takes 1-2 days. With the anode exchange program, you get the benefit of rotating anode power with the convenience of sealed tubes.

Beam Conditioning

Where overlapping peaks are a concern, e.g. large unit cells, proteins, twinned or incommensurate lattices, high beam divergence is undesirable. On PhotonJet sources, a software controlled, motorized variable beam slit is available as an option to alter divergence to adapt the source to your sample’s requirements. For those samples where intensity matters most, the slit can be fully opened giving the highest flux. For those where peak sharpness and overlap are factors, the beam can be limited to a divergence anywhere between 1 to 10 mrad.


The XtaLAB Synergy-DW VHF comes complete with CrysAlisPro, our user-inspired data collection and data processing software for single crystal analysis. Designed around an easy-to-use graphical user interface, CrysAlisPro can be operated under fully automatic, semi-automatic or manual control. CrysAlisPro combines automated crystal screening, the fastest and most accurate strategy software available, concurrent data reduction and automatic small molecule structure solution. CrysAlisPro can operate either in a protein or small molecule dedicated workflow. Popular third-party protein data processing packages can easily process diffraction data if desired. Visual feedback is provided for each step with clear, color-coded guidance so that both novices and experts can collect high-quality data in the shortest time possible.


AutoChem is the ultimate productivity tool for small molecule chemists, offering fast, fully automatic structure solution and refinement during data collection. Developed in collaboration with OlexSys Ltd (Durham University, UK), AutoChem works in conjunction with Olex² where more advanced structure solution and refinement functionality exists. AutoChem is seamlessly integrated within CrysAlisPro, and forms an integral part of our ‘What is this?’ feature. The ‘What is this?’ feature gives you structures quickly and ensures you are not wasting time collecting full datasets on known samples or starting materials. It is an alternative pre-experiment option, which is used to plan your full data collections.

Specifications and features
Product name XtaLAB Synergy-DW VHF
Core attributes Dual-wavelength rotating anode X-ray source diffractometer with hybrid pixel array detector and kappa goniometer
Detectors HyPix-6000HE or optionally the large theta coverage detectors HyPix-Arc 100° or HyPix-Arc 150°
X-ray source PhotonJet-R X-ray source with a target that is constructed with two different X-ray source materials (the following combinations are available: Mo/Cu, Cu/Cr, Cu/Co, Cu/Ag, and Ag/Mo; only Mo and Cu optics are available with VHF style optics) and is coupled with an auto-switching dual-wavelength optic.
Goniometer     Fast kappa geometry goniometer that allows data collection scan speeds of up to 10°/sec.
Accessories Oxford Cryostream 1000, Oxford Cobra, XtaLAB Flow robotic system, XtalCheck-S, High Pressure Kit
Computer External PC, MS Windows® OS
Core dimensions 1300 (W) x 1875 (H) x 850 (D) (mm)
Mass 600 kg (core unit)
Power requirements 1Ø, 200-230 V, 20 A

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Options and Accessories

The following accessories are available for this product
HyPix-Arc 150°

The HyPix-Arc 150° is an optional, unique curved Hybrid Photon Counting (HPC) X-ray detector for single crystal diffraction applications.

Intelligent Optics Module

Automatic beam alignment for consistent performance, the XtaLAB Synergy-DW VHF can now be equipped with our new Intelligent Optics Module for fully motorized automatic beam alignment. With encoders on every axis, IOM puts the beam exactly where you need it with high reproducibility, perfect for the smaller samples commonly studied today. IOM also lets you achieve maximum intensity from your source by automatically maximizing the intensity so you can achieve peak performance at all times.

HyPix-Arc 100°

A curved single crystal X-ray diffraction detector based on direct X-ray detection technology with a higher 2θ range compared to a flat detector.

Oxford Cryostream 1000

From its highly stable, precise temperature control to its fast cooldown time and integrated autofill, every iteration of the Cryostream has expanded the list of available features. Now, forty years since its invention, Oxford Cryosystems engineers have created the new Cryostream 1000, incorporating elegant design with a focus on reliability, simplicity and ease of use.

The latest version of the world-leading open-flow cryogenic gas cooler unifies the controller, pump and dry-air unit into a single gas supply module (GSM). This minimises the system’s overall footprint while simplifying cabling and installation and improves the user experience.

For more information please visit the Cryostream 1000 product page at Oxford Cryosystems.

Oxford Cobra

The Oxford Cobra is the non-liquid nitrogen Cryostream. Combining the efficiency of a Cryostream with the advantages of a non-liquid system, the Cobra offers the ultimate solution for both macromolecular and small molecule crystallography.


The XtalCheck-S system includes software that facilitates both visual and diffraction imaging of crystallization experiments. With the XtalCheck-S system, one can easily survey many crystallization experiments by eliminating the need to harvest and cryo-cool samples. Moreover, one can perform serial crystallography experiments, by collecting data from multiple crystals, to achieve complete data sets that can be used for structure solution, as well as perform powder data collection from samples mounted in the crystallization wells.

High Pressure Kit

Accommodating the vast majority of commercially available and custom high pressure cells the high pressure kit creates a sample space with an 8 cm diameter. It’s easy to switch between high pressure and standard mode and with powerful high-pressure software tools to aid with data analysis and processing, high pressure diffraction experiments have never been easier.

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XtaLAB Synergy Flow

Robotic sample changer to provide unattended data acquisition, enhanced productivity and standardized workflow to your research environment.

Intelligent Goniometer Head2 (IGH2)

The smallest detachable motorized goniometer head on the market.

Learn more about our products at these events

Booth number Date Location Event website
Webinar: Illuminating The World of Sub-Micron Crystal Structures with the XtaLAB Synergy-ED: A Review Webinar Register Now
UKPorMat - Liverpool, United Kingdom Website
30th Croatian-Slovenian Crystallographic Meeting - Veli Losinj, Croatia Website
Zurich School of Crystallography - Zurich, Switzerland Website
Konwersatorium Krystalograficzne - Wrocław, Poland Website
AFC 2024 (French Cristallography Meeting) - Montpelier, France Website
ACA 2024 - Denver, CO Website
ECM2024 - Padova, Italy Website
Epdic 18 - Padova, Italy Website
11th Meeting of the Young Crystallographers at Rigaku - Neu-Isenburg, Germany Learn more
Single-Crystal Users’ Meeting - Neu-Isenburg, Germany Learn more

Papers published using the XtaLAB Synergy-DW VHF

  1. Fenghua Ding, Weilong Zhang, Matthew L. Nisbet, Weiguo Zhang, P. Shiv Halasyamani, Zhihua Yang, Shilie Pan, Kenneth R. Poeppelmeier NaRb3B6O9(OH)3(HCO3): A Borate-Bicarbonate Nonlinear Optical Material Inorganic Chemistry 2020 59(1) , 759-766
  2. Günther Horrer, Mirjam J. Krahfuß, Katharina Lubitz, Ivo Krummenacher, Holger Braunschweig, Udo Radius N-Heterocyclic Carbene and Cyclic (Alkyl)(amino)carbene Complexes of Titanium(IV) and Titanium(III) Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2020, 281-291
  3. Toshihiro Fujiwara, Masataka Takashika, Masashi Hasegawa, Yutaka Ie, Yoshio Aso, Shinobu Aoyagi, Hiroyuki Otani, Masahiko Iyoda Small Structural Changes in the Alkyl Substituents of Macrocyclic π-Extended Thiophene Oligomers Causes a Key Effect on Their Stacking and Functional Properties ChemPlusChem 2019 84(6) , 694-703
  4. Min Feng, Bang-Heng Lyu, Ming-Hui Wang, Wei-Wei Wu, Yan-Cong Chen, Guo-Zhang Huang, Wei-Quan Lin, Si-Guo Wu, Jun-Liang Liu, Ming-Liang Tong Chiral Erbium(III) Complexes: Single-Molecule Magnet Behavior, Chirality, and Nuclearity Control Inorganic Chemistry 2019 58(16) , 10694-10703
  5. Huaiyuan Hu, Monica Vasiliu, Trent H. Stein, Fengrui Qu, Deidra L. Gerlach, David A. Dixon, Kevin H. Shaughnessy Synthesis, Structural Characterization, and Coordination Chemistry of (Trineopentylphosphine)palladium(aryl)bromide Dimer Complexes ([(Np3P)Pd(Ar)Br]2) Inorganic Chemistry 2019 58(19) , 13299-13313