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XtaLAB Synergy-R
  • Faster, accurate data collection due to high-speed kappa goniometer, high-flux rotating anode X-ray source, fast, low-noise X-ray detector, and highly optimized instrument control software.
  • Improve your ability to investigate small samples due to the increased flux from the rotating anode X-ray source as well as the extreme low noise of the HyPix X-ray detectors. Noise free images mean you can count longer for weakly diffracting crystals without a loss in data quality arising from detector noise.
  • Highest level of user safety with multiply redundant electromechanical safety circuits built into the ergonomically designed radiation enclosure.
  • Minimize your downtime by utilizing built-in online diagnostics and troubleshooting to diagnose and fix almost all problems without a site visit.
  • Automatically solve structures and determine what your sample is in a few seconds before committing to a full dataset by using the “What is this?” feature.
  • Increased data collection speed due to the increased flux of the X-ray source.
  • Enhance your ability to resolve large unit cells, twins or incommensurate lattices when you select the optional motorized variable beam slit in order to alter divergence to adapt the source to your sample’s requirements.

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High-flux rotating anode X-ray diffractometer

A powerful and fast system for single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis

XtaLAB Synergy-R

The XtaLAB Synergy-R was designed to address the increasing need to investigate smaller and smaller samples in crystallographic research. Tightly integrating a PhotonJet-R microfocus rotating anode X-ray source with a high-speed kappa goniometer and a solid-state pixel array HPC detector creates a single crystal diffractometer that produces up to 10 times the flux as compared to a PhotonJet-S microfocus sealed tube source. The increase in flux allows you to look at much smaller crystals than before and as a side benefit it provides increased data collection speed for normal sized crystals. The system can be equipped with your choice of HPC hybrid photon counting detectors, the HyPix-6000HE or the curved, large theta coverage detectors, HyPix-Arc 100° or HyPix-Arc 150°. For crystallographers who wish to have a powerful, well-integrated diffractometer and only need to use one port of the rotating anode, the XtaLAB Synergy-R provides the perfect combination of high-flux performance with a low-noise HPC X-ray detector.


The PhotonJet-R comes from the same pedigree as the MicroMax-007 HF, of which there are well over 1000 units in use around the world. The PhotonJet-R X-ray source applies the lessons learned over the development and lifetime of the MicroMax™-007 rotating anode to produce a new generation, high performance rotating anode source. With the source mounted directly onto the goniometer the XtaLAB Synergy-R provides a stable and robust solution which ensures consistently high performance. Confocal optics, designed by Rigaku Innovative Technologies, offer a high-brilliance X-ray beam and the optional continuously variable slit assembly gives the user the ability to adjust high brilliance versus low divergence depending on the needs of the sample being studied.

Proven Reliability

The PhotonJet-R source was designed with reliability in mind. Clever Rigaku engineering makes filament changes easy, like swapping a printer cartridge, with no need to realign the source each time. Scheduled maintenance involves one annual visit from a Rigaku engineer, as with all XtaLAB Synergy diffractometers, and typically takes 1-2 days. With the anode exchange program, you get the benefit of rotating anode power with the convenience of sealed tubes.

Beam Conditioning

Where overlapping peaks are a concern, e.g. large unit cells, twins or incommensurate lattices, high beam divergence is undesirable. On the PhotonJet-R source, a software controlled, motorized variable beam slit is available as an option to alter divergence to adapt the source to your sample’s requirements. For those samples where intensity matters most, the slit can be fully opened giving the highest flux. For those where peak sharpness and overlap are factors, the beam can be limited to a divergence anywhere between 1 to 10 mrad.

HyPix Detectors

Rigaku’s own HyPix family of HPC detectors use solid state pixel array technology to enable direct X-ray photon detection and counting. Direct X-ray photon detection means that X-ray photons are counted instantaneously as they arrive at the detector. There is no conversion to visible light by a scintillator so the energy of the photon can be assessed at moment of detection. This leads to essentially noise free images. The HyPix detectors feature a 100 Hz frame rate which allows for data fine slicing even at the fastest goniometer speeds. The HyPix detectors incorporate dual counters enabling several modes of operation. Rapid alternating counter electronics (RACE) technology enables the 100 Hz zero dead time mode, ensures that no pixel is blind for more than a few nanoseconds during exposure to X-rays. The high dynamic range mode combines the counters to offer a massive 31-bit counter depth. Dual thresholding offers differential modes and selective signal suppression.


The XtaLAB Synergy-R comes complete with CrysAlisPro, our user-inspired data collection and data processing software for single crystal analysis. Designed around an easy-to-use graphical user interface, CrysAlisPro can be operated under fully automatic, semi-automatic or manual control. CrysAlisPro combines automated crystal screening, the fastest and most accurate strategy software available, concurrent data reduction and automatic small molecule structure solution. CrysAlisPro can operate either in a protein or small molecule dedicated workflow. Popular third-party protein data processing packages can easily process diffraction data if desired. Visual feedback is provided for each step with clear, color-coded guidance so that both novices and experts can collect high-quality data in the shortest time possible.


AutoChem is the ultimate productivity tool for small molecule chemists, offering fast, fully automatic structure solution and refinement during data collection. Developed in collaboration with OlexSys Ltd (Durham University, UK), AutoChem works in conjunction with Olex² where more advanced structure solution and refinement functionality exists. AutoChem is seamlessly integrated within CrysAlisPro, and forms an integral part of our ‘What is this?’ feature. The ‘What is this?’ feature gives you structures quickly and ensures you are not wasting time collecting full datasets on known samples or starting materials. It is an alternative pre-experiment option, which is used to plan your full data collections.

Specifications and features

Product name XtaLAB Synergy-R
Technique Single crystal X-ray diffraction
Core attributes Microfocus rotating anode X-ray source diffractometer with hybrid pixel array detector and kappa goniometer
Detectors HyPix-6000HE or optionally the large theta coverage detectors HyPix-Arc 100° or HyPix-Arc 150°
X-ray Source PhotonJet-R X-ray source with MicroMax™-007 rotating anode, which incorporates a new mirror design and new alignment hardware. Two target types are available (Mo or Cu)
Goniometer Fast kappa geometry goniometer, which allows data collection scan speeds of up to 10°/sec
Accessories Oxford Cryostream 1000, Oxford Cobra, XtaLAB Flow robotic system, XtalCheck-S, High Pressure Kit
Computer External PC, MS Windows® OS
Core dimensions 1300 (W) x 1875 (H) x 850 (D) (mm)
Mass 600 kg (core unit)
Power requirements 1Ø, 200-230 V, 20 A

Options and Accessories

The following accessories are available for this product
HyPix-Arc 150°

The HyPix-Arc 150° is an optional, unique curved Hybrid Photon Counting (HPC) X-ray detector for single crystal diffraction applications.

HyPix-Arc 100°

A curved single crystal X-ray diffraction detector based on direct X-ray detection technology with a higher 2θ range compared to a flat detector.

Oxford Cryostream 1000

From its highly stable, precise temperature control to its fast cooldown time and integrated autofill, every iteration of the Cryostream has expanded the list of available features. Now, forty years since its invention, Oxford Cryosystems engineers have created the new Cryostream 1000, incorporating elegant design with a focus on reliability, simplicity and ease of use.

The latest version of the world-leading open-flow cryogenic gas cooler unifies the controller, pump and dry-air unit into a single gas supply module (GSM). This minimises the system’s overall footprint while simplifying cabling and installation and improves the user experience.

For more information please visit the Cryostream 1000 product page at Oxford Cryosystems.

Oxford Cobra

The Oxford Cobra is the non-liquid nitrogen Cryostream. Combining the efficiency of a Cryostream with the advantages of a non-liquid system, the Cobra offers the ultimate solution for both macromolecular and small molecule crystallography.


The XtalCheck-S system includes software that facilitates both visual and diffraction imaging of crystallization experiments. With the XtalCheck-S system, one can easily survey many crystallization experiments by eliminating the need to harvest and cryo-cool samples. Moreover, one can perform serial crystallography experiments, by collecting data from multiple crystals, to achieve complete data sets that can be used for structure solution, as well as perform powder data collection from samples mounted in the crystallization wells.

High Pressure Kit

Accommodating the vast majority of commercially available and custom high pressure cells the high pressure kit creates a sample space with an 8 cm diameter. It’s easy to switch between high pressure and standard mode and with powerful high-pressure software tools to aid with data analysis and processing, high pressure diffraction experiments have never been easier.

*Please check with your local sales person if your DAC is supported

XtaLAB Synergy Flow

Robotic sample changer to provide unattended data acquisition, enhanced productivity and standardized workflow to your research environment.

Intelligent Goniometer Head2 (IGH2)

The smallest detachable motorized goniometer head on the market.

Learn more about our products at these events

Booth number Date Location Event website
Webinar: Illuminating The World of Sub-Micron Crystal Structures with the XtaLAB Synergy-ED: A Review Webinar Register Now
UKPorMat - Liverpool, United Kingdom Website
30th Croatian-Slovenian Crystallographic Meeting - Veli Losinj, Croatia Website
Zurich School of Crystallography - Zurich, Switzerland Website
Konwersatorium Krystalograficzne - Wrocław, Poland Website
AFC 2024 (French Cristallography Meeting) - Montpelier, France Website
ACA 2024 - Denver, CO Website
ECM2024 - Padova, Italy Website
Epdic 18 - Padova, Italy Website
11th Meeting of the Young Crystallographers at Rigaku - Neu-Isenburg, Germany Learn more
Single-Crystal Users’ Meeting - Neu-Isenburg, Germany Learn more

Papers published using the XtaLAB Synergy-R

  1. Yang Liu, Yan-Cong Chen, Jiang Liu, Wen-Bin Chen, Guo-Zhang Huang, Si-Guo Wu, Jin Wang, Jun-Liang Liu, Ming-Liang Tong Cyanometallate-Bridged Didysprosium Single-Molecule Magnets Constructed with Single-Ion Magnet Building Block Inorganic Chemistry 2020 59(1) , 687-694
  2. Cui-Juan Zhang, Kai-Ting Lian, Si-Guo Wu, Yang Liu, Guo-Zhang Huang, Zhao-Ping Ni, Ming-Liang Tong The substituent guest effect on four-step spin-crossover behavior Inorg. Chem. Front. 2020
  3. Jingjing Yang, Xing Liu, Zemei Liu, Long Wang, Jing Sun, Zhen Guo, Huixia Xu, Hua Wang, Bo Zhao, Guohua Xie Protonation-induced dual fluorescence of a blue fluorescent material with twisted A–π–D–π–A configuration J. Mater. Chem. C 2020
  4. Neil Hearne, Mark M. Turnbull, Christopher P. Landee, Elizabet M. van der Merwe, Melanie Rademeyer Halide-bi-bridged polymers of amide substituted pyridines and -pyrazines: polymorphism, structures, thermal stability and magnetism CrystEngComm 2019 21(12) , 1910-1927
  5. Liang Qiao, Xiao-Gang Chen, Ji-Xing Gao, Yong Ai Three new quinuclidine-based structures: second harmonic generation response for 1,2-bis(1-azoniabicyclo[2.2.2]octan-3-ylidene)hydrazine dichloride Acta Cryst. C 2019 75(6) , 728-733
  6. Long-Fei Wang, Wei-Man Zhuang, Guo-Zhang Huang, Yan-Cong Chen, Jiang-Zhen Qiu, Zhao-Ping Ni, Ming-Liang Tong Spin-crossover modulation via single-crystal to single-crystal photochemical [2 + 2] reaction in Hofmann-type frameworks Chem. Sci. 2019 10(32) , 7496-7502
  7. Qiang Guo, Xiali Si, Yuntao Shi, Hongshuai Yang, Xinyu Liu, Hong Liang, Pengfei Tu, Qingying Zhang Glucoconjugated Monoterpene Indole Alkaloids from Uncaria rhynchophylla Journal of Natural Products 2019 82(12) , 3288-3301