Dectris introduces a new Hybrid Photon Counting (HPC) detector series, PILATUS3 X CdTe, extending the DECTRIS product palette for the detection of hard X-ray radiation.HPCdetector_IN

The outstanding performance of the existing PILATUS3 Hybrid Photon Counting (HPC) technology has been combined with the excellent high-energy detection capability of cadmium telluride (CdTe) sensor material. The PILATUS3 X CdTe series detectors offer high quantum efficiency up to 100 keV X-ray energy and outstanding count-rate capability. While the front part of the detector, the sensor, is now made of  efficient cadmium telluride single crystals, the readout technology of the PILATUS3 remains unchanged, thus offering the same superb features common to all PILATUS3 detectors: optimal signal-to-noise ratio achieved by photon-counting technology, excellent point-spread function and the capability of exactly measuring signals with high contrasts. Moreover, the detectors’ high speed enables recording of up to 500 images per second.

With the PILATUS3 X CdTe detector series the waiting of the hard X-ray community has an end. The direct-conversion CdTe technology overcomes the bottleneck posed by previous detector technologies. CdTe detectors don’t show image lag or afterglow that would distort the signal in fast image series. Many high-energy X-ray diffraction techniques at synchrotron laboratories will strongly benefit from these new detectors, with their high speed and excellent count-rate capability matching the ever higher flux available at modern synchrotron sources.

The large energy range of PILATUS3 X CdTe also makes this detector series ideal for applications in X-ray imaging such as projection imaging (radiography), computed tomography (CT) as well as for non-destructive testing (NDT) and Security tasks.

Dectris now presents the PILATUS3 X CdTe detector systems in four different sizes: 300K, 300K-W, 1M, and 2M. First deliveries are planned already for summer 2015. More information about the new detector series has been released on