24 Aug Bruker AXS unveils new X-ray detector
Madison, Wis. – Bruker AXS, a supplier of X-ray solutions for life science companies and a division of Bruker BioSciences, announced on Tuesday the introduction of a new detector and software solution to its product lines.
The new systems were unveiled at the 2005 International Union of Crystallography meeting in Florence, Italy.
Axiom 200, a new digital imaging detector for macromolecular X-ray crystallography, was designed with zero detector noise to remove some of the interference in locating low-level X-ray signals, with the goal of detecting each individual photon as it strikes the detector. It also features an active scanning area 200 mm in diameter which can resolve larger protein crystal unit cells.
Matthew Benning, Bruker AXS senior applications scientist, said in a statement that the scanner has no readout deadtime, making it the only imaging detector that can support scans that do not stop between frames. That modification was made to eliminate the mechanical problems that adjust the data quality, making it more accurate for crystallography tests such as protein screening and ligand-binding studies, according to the company.
The company also introduced Autostructure, a suite of analysis software designed in collaboration with the University of Durham. When given approximate information about the elemental composition of its target, the scanner can determine the 3-D crystal structure of organic, mineralogical and inorganic molecules, the company said.