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  • Available in-plane arm (5-axis goniometer)
  • High-flux X-ray source: PhotonMax
  • HyPix-3000 high energy resolution 2D HPAD detector
  • New CBO family, with fully automated beam switchable CBO-Auto
  • New CBO family, with high-resolution micro area CBO-μ
  • Operando measurements with SmartLab Studio II software
  • Multi-year component warranty contributes to low cost of ownership

Automated multipurpose X-ray diffractometer (XRD) with Guidance software

Powder diffraction, thin film metrology, SAXS, in-plane scattering, operando measurements

Rigaku SmartLab® is the newest and most novel high-resolution X-ray diffractometer (XRD) available today. Perhaps its most novel feature is the new SmartLab Studio II software, which provides the user with an intelligent User Guidance expert system functionality that guides the operator through the intricacies of each experiment. It is like having an expert standing by your side.

XRD engineered for performance

This new X-ray diffraction system features the PhotonMax high-flux 9 kW rotating anode X-ray source coupled with a HyPix-3000 high-energy-resolution 2D multidimensional semiconductor detector that supports 0D, 1D and 2D measure­ment modes, allowing all applications to be handled with a single detector, eliminating the inconvenience of preparing and switching individual detectors for different applications. The HyPix-3000 detector can be used to obtain 2D powder diffraction patterns, which can be processed to deliver superior qualitative analysis by using all the 2D pattern information. The system incorporates a high-resolution θ/θ closed loop goniometer drive system with an available in-plane diffraction arm. The system’s new Cross-Beam-Optics (CBO) family feature fully automated switchable reflection and transmission optics (CBO-Auto).

XRD designed for usability

Coupling a computer controlled alignment system with a fully automated optical system, and the User Guidance functionality within the SmartLab Studio II software, makes it easy to switch between hardware modes, ensuring that your hardware complexity is never holding back your research.

XRD that is functionality redefined

Whether you are working with thin films, nanomaterials, powders, or liquids the SmartLab will give you the XRD functionality to make the measurements you want to make when you want to make them. The equipment accepts powder, liquid, films, and even textile samples and allows mapping measurements within suitable samples. Operando (a.k.a., real time in-situ) measurements can be performed with the new Rigaku SmartLab Studio II software suite, which is an integrated software platform incorporating all functions from measurement to analysis. The system also features robust security and validation protocols to ensure that any technology component - software or hardware - fulfills its purpose within regulatory guidelines, including 21 CFR Part 11, establishing the US EDA regulations governing electronic records and electronic signatures (ER/ES).

Product name SmartLab
Technique X-ray diffraction (XRD)
Benefit Powder diffraction, thin film, SAXS, in-plane scattering, operando measurements
Technology Automated high-resolution θ-θ multipurpose X-ray diffractometer (XRD) with expert system Guidance software
Core attributes 3 kW sealed X-ray tube, CBO optics, D/teX Ultra 250 silicon strip detector
Core options PhotonMax high-flux 9 kW rotating anode X-ray source, in-plane arm (5-axis goniometer), HyPix-3000 high energy resolution 2D HPAD detector, Johansson Kα₁ optics
Computer External PC, MS Windows® OS, SmartLab Studio II software
Core dimensions 1300 (W) x 1880 (H) x 1300 (D) mm
Mass (core unit) Approx. 750 kg (sealed tube) , 850 kg (rotating anode)
Power requirements 3Ø, 200 V 50/60 Hz, 30 A (sealed tube) or 60 A (rotating anode)

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SmartLab Testimonials

Milan Dopita at Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Charles University

In our institute we purchased the Rigaku SmartLab diffractometer in January 2018 after extended and rigorous search within similar devices offered worldwide.

Our SmartLab diffractometer contains the configuration with:

  • 9 kW rotating anode x‐ray source,
  • in‐plane detector arm,
  • parallel beam geometry introduced by incident beam parabolic x‐ray mirror or Bragg‐Brentano parafocusing geometries,
  • high resolution settings with Ge(220)x2 channel‐cut monochromator in incident beam and Ge(220)x2 channel‐cut analyzer in diffracted beam,
  • all instrumental settings is possible with Kα1

Ondřej Caha at Masarykova univerzita

We purchased Rigaku Smartlab 3 diffractometer in 2012, with installation in January 2013. The diffractometer was selected after a long selection process considering available instruments on the marked. The installed diffractometer is equipped with:

  • 9kW rotating anode Cu x-ray source,
  • in-plane detector arm,
  • cross-beam optics allowing for parallel beam as well as Bragg-Brentano setup
  • Ge (220)x2 and Ge (220)x4 monochromators, and Ge (220)x2 analyzer
  • high-temperature chamber Anton Paar OHS 1100

Later we have purchased a two-dimensional detector HyPix 3000, since it was not available at

Joseph Wright at University of East Anglia

What was the main problem, or challenge, that you were trying to solve by buying a new diffractometer?
Our old system was at the end of its life, and was not capable of the full range of experiments we are interested in today
How has the new instrument from Rigaku changed the workflow in your lab ?
The new system is much faster than the old machine, and at the same time offers greatly improved resolution. So we can do better experiments faster.
Can you describe the single most important benefit the (SmartLab) instrument brings to your research?
Rapid screening of samples at a resolution