- 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.
- 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 fee images mean you can count longer for weakly diffracting crystals without a loss in data quality arising from detector noise.
- Enhance your ability to resolve large unit cells, twins or incommensurate lattices when you select the optional motorised variable beam slit in order to alter divergence to adapt the source to your sample’s requirements.
- 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.
High-flux rotating anode X-ray diffractometer
A powerful and fast system for macromolecular crystallography
The XtaLAB Synergy-R is the most powerful rotating anode microfocus single crystal X-ray diffractometer available in a compact cabinet. For protein crystallographers who wish to have a powerful, well-integrated diffractometer and only need to use one port of the rotating anode, the XtaLAB Synergy-R provides the perfect combination of high-flux performance with a low-noise HPC X-ray detector. Combining high-performance components, the XtaLAB Synergy-R allows you to collect high-quality diffraction data on even the weakest of samples. Moreover, the XtaLAB Synergy-R offers a number of design features that extend the experimental flexibility to address the most challenging samples. The XtaLAB Synergy-R system is a tightly integrated single crystal X-ray diffractometer with four basic areas of technology: a high-flux, low-maintenance PhotonJet-R X-ray source with continuously variable divergence slit, a high-precision kappa goniometer, Rigaku’s Hybrid Photon Counting (HPC) X-ray detector, the HyPix-6000HE (or optionally the HyPix-Arc 150° or Dectris EIGER 4M) with extremely low readout noise, no dark noise and high dynamic range, and the CrysAlisPro diffraction software package with sophisticated algorithms to tie the hardware together to minimize the time it takes to measure data from protein crystals.
HPC direct detection X-ray detector
HPC detectors are ideal for macromolecular crystallography experiments because they are photon counting detectors that directly detect X-ray photons without the need for the intermediate step of converting X-ray photons to light with a phosphor or scintillator. As a result, HPCs have high dynamic range, fast readout speed and extremely low noise. Additionally, HPC X-ray detectors have a top-hat point spread function of a single pixel. These combined features, along with shutterless data collection, mean that you can collect more accurate diffraction data, faster. As a result, the XtaLAB Synergy Custom systems offer outstanding performance for macromolecular single crystal X-ray diffraction experiments.
The PhotonJet-R comes from the same pedigree as the MicroMax-007 HF, of which there are well over 1000 units in use around the world. The PhotonJet-R X-ray source applies the lessons learned over the development and lifetime of the MicroMax™-007 rotating anode to produce a new generation, high performance rotating anode source. With the source mounted directly onto the goniometer the XtaLAB Synergy-R provides a stable and robust solution which ensures consistently high performance. Confocal optics designed by Rigaku Innovative Technologies, offer high brillliance and an optional continuously variable slit assembly give high brilliance or low divergence as needed to cater to any sample.
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.
Where overlapping peaks are a concern, e.g. large unit cells, proteins, twinned or incommensurate, 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-R 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. Of particular interest to protein crystallographers is the ability to operate CrysAlisPro either in a protein or small molecule dedicated workflow. Popular third-party protein data processing packages can easily process diffraction data if desired. CrysAlisPro combines automated crystal screening, the fastest and most accurate strategy software available, concurrent data reduction and automatic small molecule structure solution. 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.
If a XtaLAB Synergy-R diffractometer is to be shared with small molecule crystallographers, AutoChem is included as 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.
|Product name||XtaLAB Synergy-R|
|Core attributes||Microfocus rotating anode X-ray source diffractometer with hybrid pixel array detector and kappa goniometer|
|Detectors||HyPix-6000HE, the large theta coverage HyPix-Arc 150°, or Dectris EIGER 4M|
|X-ray source||PhotonJet-R X-ray source with MicroMax™-007 rotating anode which incorporates a new mirror design and new alignment hardware.|
|Goniometer||Fast kappa geometry goniometer that allows data collection scan speeds of up to 10°/sec.|
|Accessories||Oxford Cryostream 800, Oxford Cobra, XtalCheck-S|
|Computer||External PC, MS Windows® OS, CrysAlisPro Software|
|Core dimensions||1300 (W) x 1875 (H) x 850 (D) (mm)|
|Mass||600 kg (core unit)|
|Power requirements||1Ø, 200-230 V, 20 A|
The HyPix-Arc 150° is an optional, unique curved Hybrid Photon Counting (HPC) X-ray detector for single crystal diffraction applications.
The 800 Series Cryostream is the most robust, efficient and user-friendly liquid nitrogen based low temperature system available today. Specific features include a superior laminar flow system, meaning virtually zero risk of icing, extremely quiet running and a fast-start system resulting in a cool-down time to 100K of just 20 minutes.
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 system includes software that facilitates both visual and diffraction imaging of crystallization experiments. With the XtalCheck 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.