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DECTRIS MYTHEN®2 Strip Detectors for Synchrotrons

By adding a time dimension, DECTRIS MYTHEN®2 strip detectors have revolutionized high-resolution X-Ray diffraction, scattering, and spectroscopy measurements.

Known for its fine point-spread function and narrow strip, MYTHEN2 X adds a 1000 Hz frame rate and a 24-bit dynamic range for any number of modules. This opens up brand-new areas for time-resolved and in situ research.

The Detector Control System 4 (DCS4) enables fully synchronized and tailor-made multimodular solutions with electronic gating and an external trigger. However, the time dimension does not affect the data's accuracy or the system's adaptability because noise-free detection is guaranteed even for long exposure times.

The modules’ optional compatibility with vacuum creates new opportunities for X-Ray spectroscopy applications.

  • Fast and accurate: These detectors provide a 24-bit dynamic range, frame rates up to 1000 Hz, and noise-free detection across X-Ray energies.
  • Modular and compatible: Large multimodular systems can be easily constructed from individual modules. The detectors also provide simple system synchronization and an optional vacuum capability
  • Reliable: The reliability of the detector is unwavering. Thanks to efficient industrial production and first-rate support, delivery terms are ensured



MYTHEN2 X-Ray Detectors for Synchrotrons

Image Credit: Dectris Ltd

These microstrip photon-counting X-Ray detectors provide the maximum speed and resolution for all time-resolved applications.


MYTHEN2 X-Ray Detectors for Synchrotrons

Image Credit: Dectris Ltd

These are the smallest detectors available from DECTRIS and feature all the benefits of single-photon counting methods.

Detector Specifications

Source: Dectris Ltd

Strip width [µm] 50 50
Strip height [mm] 8 8 (450 µm only)
4 (320 µm only)
Active area (W x H) [mm²] 64 × 8 32 x 8 (450)
32 x 4 (320)
Energy range (depending on the sensor thickness) [keV] 5 - 40 (320)
6.6 - 40 (450)
7.4 - 40 (1,000)
4 - 40 (320)
6.6 - 40 (450)
Threshold range (depending on the sensor thickness) [keV] 4.5 - 20 (320)
5.5 - 20 (450)
6 - 20 (1,000)
3.5 - 20 (320)
5 - 20 (450)
Frame rate (max.) [Hz] 1,000 1,000
Count rate (max.) [ph/s/strip] 107 107
Readout time [µs] 89 89
Strips per module [strips] 1,280 640
Sensor material Silicon (Si) Silicon (Si)
Sensor thickness [µm] 320, 450, or 1,000 320 or 450
Point-spread function [strips] 1 1
Vacuum compatibility Optional Optional
Module dimensions (W x H x D) [mm³] 70 x 62 x 22 36 x 62 x 22
Cooling method Air Air


*All specifications are subject to change without notice.


X-Ray Diffraction

MYTHEN2 X-Ray Detectors for Synchrotrons

Image Credit: Dectris Ltd

DECTRIS strip detectors’ high dynamic range efficiently handles patterns with both weak and intense reflections.


MYTHEN2 X-Ray Detectors for Synchrotrons

Image Credit: Dectris Ltd

The combined effect of single-photon sensitivity and lack of background noise enhances even the most advanced spectroscopic techniques.

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