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PILATUS3 Hybrid Photon Counting Detectors

PILATUS3 R 1M: 2 x 5 modules, 169 x 180 mm active area, 981 x 1043 pixels, 7 ms read-out time
  • 2 x 5 modules
  • 169 x 180 mm active area
  • 981 x 1043 pixels
  • 5 frames/second
  • Travel range along beam: 45 - 395 mm
  • 2-theta range: 0 - 30 deg.
  • Max. resolution with Cu-Ka: approx 1.1 Ang.
  • Resolution: 0.002°
  • Speed: 1°/sec
  • Sphere of confusion: < 10 μm
Crystal monitor

Built-in monitor (7'') for sample centering

Cryo cooler
Oxford Cryosystems cooler: 700/800/1000 series

Since its introduction the hybrid photon counting technology implemented in the detectors manufactured by DECTRIS AG, Switzerland, have become the leading technology for synchrotron applications in crystallography and other fields of X-ray diffraction. The PILATUS3 R series of detectors have been designed specifically for home lab use. Technically, they are identical to the synchrotron versions except for a slightly smaller frame rate and will satisfy most in-house demands.

marXperts offers full support for the PILATUS3 series of detectors with our mardtb goniostat. In fact, the PILATUS3 detectors of any size (200k to 2M) fit nicely on the mardtb and data collection is fully integrated into our well-known data collection software.



Extremely short read-out time of 7 millisec allows for fine φ-slicing and shutterless data collection.


Small pixels of 172 μm


Extremely high, no point-spread due to direct conversion leading to small spots with better I/σ.


Virtually no read-out noise.


Very high (20 bits).


    2 x 5 modules, 169 x 180 mm, 981 x 1043 pixels

  • PILATUS3 R 200K

    2 modules, 84 x 106 mm, 487 x 619 pixels

  • PILATUS3 R 300K
    3 modules, 84 x 106 mm, 487 x 619 pixels
    3 x 8 modules, 1475 x 1679 pixels, 25 Hz


    mardtb desktop beamline with PILATUS3 R 1M detector mar200K/300K/1M/2M:

    The PILATUS3 R 200K-A, 300K, 1M or 2M detector is mounted on a mardtb goniostat. The mardtb  “desktop beamline” features a fully automatic beam alignment system and more than 10 motors including an “inverted PHI” assembly and a 2-theta stage. The mar200K system is a complete data collection system that can be operated with any X-ray source (sealed tubes to synchrotrons), the most cost efficient combination being the marYX3G system.

    marmuX2G Data Collection System marYX3G:

    A PILATUS3 R 200K-A, 300K or 1M detector with a mardtb goniostat in combination with a marµX microfocus generator. This system is the perfect choice, when cost-of-ownership and maintenance issues come into play. Despite of the low price, the system is highly suitable for fast screening experiments, but also for complete data collections of small crystals and other kinds of diffraction experiments.

    Excillum MetalJet X-ray source metaljet:

    If you are aiming at the ultimate performance in the home lab, a combination of a MetalJet X-ray source with a PILATUS3 R 1M detector and a mardtb goniostat is the very best you can obtain today. Excillum's patented MetalJet technology beats any other conventional X-ray source in terms of brilliance and is a true alternative to a synchrotron. Please contact us for further details!

    UPGRADE OF mar345dtb

    Existing mar345dtb detector sytems can easily be upgraded with a PILATUS3 detector, i.e.  the mardtb can be used together with a PILATUS3 200K-A, 300K or 1M detector.  Or even a 2M detector! When  using the small PILATUS3 200K-A detector, it is possible to mount the detector in front of the mar345 detector. One can then easily take away the small 200K detector and use the large mar345 image plate detector if there is a need for a large detector surface.


    An exiting experiment has been done with a marYX2G X-ray generator system consisting of a marYS X-ray source, a mardtb goniostat and a PILATUS3 R 200K-A detector. The setup has been used to quickly collect with a capillary mounted lysozyme crystal at room temperature. Four hours of data collection were sufficient for ab initio phasing with the SHELX package. Please see the application note AN12Mar15 for further information or download the pdf file.

    Another experiment has been carried out with a PILATUS3 R 1M detector mounted, again on a  marYX2G X-ray data collection system. This time, a much smaller frozen lysozyme has been used for ab-initio structure solution in a similar way. Please download the pdf file mar.AN31Jul15.pdf for further information.

    Specifications for PILATUS3 R series




    Number of detector modules 2 3 2 x 5
    Read-out speed [msec] 7 7 7
    Max. frame rate [Hz]: 20 20 5
    Active detector area [mm]: 83.8 x 70.0 83.8 x 106.5 168.7 x 179.4
    Number of pixels: 487 x 407 487 x 619 981 x 1043
    Dead area [%]: 4.3 5.5 7.2
    Pixel size [µm] 172 x 172
    Dynamic range
    1 : 1.048.576 (20 bits)
    Outside dimensions (H x W x L) 156 x 155 x 284 158 x 193 x 262 265 x 286 x 455
    Weight [kg] 5.4 7.5 25
    Cooling Air-cooled Water-cooled Water-cooled
    Power consumption [W] 30 30 165
    Computer requirements
    CPU Intel or AMD, ≥ 2GHz, ≥ 4-cores
    Memory (RAM) ≥ 8 GB
    Disk space ≥ 512 GB
    Monitor: 2560 x 1440 pixels (WQHD) or better (4K)!
    Network card: Dedicated >= 1 Gbit/s
    TV-card: Optional feature for mardtb goniometer
    Supported OS: Linux: Ubuntu
    On request: Mac OS X, Windows, other Linux flavours