Highly versatile multipurpose X-ray diffraction system with built-in intelligent guidance

Powder diffraction, thin film diffraction, SAXS, USAXS, in-plane scattering, pole figure, residual stress, non-ambient experiment

SmartLab 3

The SmartLab 3 is a highly versatile multipurpose X-ray diffractometer with built-in intelligent guidance. It offers continued refinement of the original ease of use features that enabled the original SmartLab to receive the R&D 100 Award in 2006: automatic alignment, component recognition, cross beam optics and a five axis goniometer.

HyPix-400: Next generation 2-D detector

With the SmartLab 3, Rigaku introduces the HyPix-400, a semiconductor hybrid pixel array detector that was specifically designed for multipurpose X-ray diffractometers. Its large active area, high angular resolution and ultra-high dynamic range make it the perfect, affordable, 2-D detector solution for a large variety of applications, including powder and thin film diffraction.

5-axis goniometer gives additional information on thin film samples

This design enables the thin-film researcher to perform an “in-plane” scan, where the detector rotates in a plane parallel to the sample surface. This experimental configuration provides unique information for thin film materials; e.g., in-plane lattice constants and in-plane preferred orientation as a function of depth from the sample surface. If you are interested in thin film diffraction, this is a feature that will give you information that cannot be obtained on competitive diffractometers.

Maximize your uptime

Changing hardware configurations or consumables on some diffractometers is so daunting that people often invite their service engineer to perform the task. This can be costly and time consuming. The optics configuration on the SmartLab 3 is self-aligned. From the tube height to the monochromator alignment, all of the optics alignment is done automatically under computer control. This feature drastically reduces down time and cost of ownership of the instrument, and it allows you to be confident that your instrument will always be in aligned condition.

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  • Cross-beam optics module switches between Bragg-Brentano and parallel beam without the need to change optics.
  • HyPix-400 2-D detector enables seamless switch between 0-D, 1-D and 2-D detection mode depending on application type.
  • D/teX Ultra 250 1-D detector accelerates powder diffraction by a factor of 250 in speed and provides adjustable energy resolution of approximately 20% or 4% depending on sample type.
  • Integrated intelligent User Guidance software enables fully automated measurement including optics and sample alignment.
  • 5th axis or in-plane axis enables the analysis of surface structure and its depth profile.
  • Self-aligned optics maximize instrument uptime and minimize cost of ownership.

New integrated software package for the SmartLab 3 system

One-stop software package for both measurements and analyses

SmartLab Studio II is a new software package that integrates all the measurements and analyses you need for SmartLab 3. You can focus on your X-ray analysis without wasting time, since the start-up time of SmartLab Studio II and the number of logins are minimized and just one click switches from measurement to analysis. You can also watch scans from one experiment in real-time while simultaneously analyzing another data on the same desktop by selecting an appropriate layout.

User Guidance

User Guidance, which incorporates the acquired knowledge and experience of Rigaku application scientists, will lead you to the absolute best data. It selects the best optics for each application and performs the optics alignment automatically. User Guidance then automatically aligns the sample and generates the necessary measurement conditions, even for complicated measurements. A Package, which is an automated measurement sequence, has all the information that the measurement requires. Some Packages for hardware maintenance are preinstalled so users won't have to perform manual optics alignment or detector adjustment after changing sealed tubes, for example. And users can create their own Packages , which can be saved for future use at any time.

Most analysis conditions are determined by SmartLab Studio II based on the loaded data, so novice users can obtain as good analysis results as possible. Furthermore, SmartLab Studio II prepares various parameters and enables you to set more detailed conditions than before, which will satisfy advanced-level users. Since SmartLab Studio II is an integrated software package, basic software features like user administration, materials database, etc. are completely unified. This minimizes the time needed to learn how to use the software. Sophisticated features, such as new graphics and report creation, are also easy to master, and will strongly support you in evaluating your analysis results, preparing attractive presentations, and so forth.

Database and network licensing

Measurement data and analysis results are stored in a database that comes equipped with powerful utilities for data retrieval, data browsing, data backup, etc. This is especially beneficial when managing the large numbers of huge data images obtained using a 2D detector. And now a network license is available for SmartLab Studio II. If a lot of users use the same SmartLab 3 system, the management of a large number of data can easily be centralized by using both database and network licensing.

Auto sample changer 6 (ASC-6)

Number of samples: Max. 6 samples
Sample rotation speed: Max. 120 rpm, rotation speed can be set via computer
Angle meas. range: 2θ = 0 to 158°
Sample size: Max. 24 mm diameter and 2 mm thickness

Auto sample changer 10 (ASC-10)

Number of samples: Max. 10 samples
Sample rotation speed: Max. 120 rpm
Angle meas. range: 2θ = 0 to 158°
Sample size: Max. 24 mm diameter and 2 mm thickness

Capillary spinner attachment head

Capillary sizes: 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 1.0 mm
Sample rotation speed: 1 – 120 rpm

β attachment

Sample rotation speed: 1 – 120 rpm
Minimum step size: 0.01°

φ attachment

Sample rotation speed: Maximum 2.5 rpm
Minimum step size: 0.002°

RxRy attachment head

Movable range: ±5° (Rx, Ry)
Minimum step size: 0.001° (Rx), 0.0013° (Ry)

a-β attachment

Range (a axis): -5 to 92°
Minimum step size (a axis): 0.002°
Range (β axis): ±360°
Minimum step size (β axis): 0.01°
Spinning speed (β axis): 1 - 120 rpm
Oscillation (γ axis): ±10 mm

χ-φ attachment

Range (χ axis): -5 to 92°
Minimum step size (χ axis): 0.002°
Range (φ axis): Continuous rotation
Minimum step size (φ axis): 0.005°
Spinning speed (β axis): 1 - 1800°/minute

XY-20 mm attachment head

Movable range: ±5° (X, Y)
Minimum step size: 0.0005 mm

 XY-4 inch attachment head

Movable range: ±50 mm (X, Y)
Minimum step size: 0.0005 mm

Battery cell attachment head

Electrode material: SUS316
Insulator: Teflon
Number of poles: 2 (electrode & counter electrode)
Electrolyte inlet: 2
Window for X-ray: Be, 125 μm thick 20 mmφ
Meas. range: 5 - 79°(θ)

Non-ambient chambers

Support temperature and/or ambient control chambers from Anton Paar GmbH

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