At Analytica 2010, Bruker
AXS, the market leader in X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), introduces its next-generation
D8 DISCOVER™ diffraction system for advanced materials research.
The new D8 DISCOVER is the successor to the most popular X-ray diffractometer
on the market. While maintaining the strengths of its predecessor, the new D8
DISCOVER further increases ease-of-use with real-time component detection, plug-and-play
functionality and fully integrated 2-dimensional XRD2 capabilities. These unique
features allow the user to easily switch between all materials research X-ray
diffraction applications, including reflectometry, high-resolution diffraction,
grazing incidence diffraction (IP-GID) and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS),
as well as residual stress and texture investigations. In particular, for micro-diffraction
and ultra-fast reciprocal space mapping, the new two-dimensional V?NTEC-500
detector with 2048x2048 channels at 14.4 cm2 active area provides highest sensitivity
for detecting even the weakest diffraction signals in short measurement times.
The new D8 DISCOVER is designed to meet all the latest X-ray safety regulatory
requirements, providing scientists peace-of-mind.
An integral part of the new D8 DISCOVER is the new DIFFRAC.SUITE™ software
with consistently implemented automation functionality. An X-ray optics module,
a detector, or any accessory mounted onto the instrument registers itself in
real-time with its relevant parameters and analytical capabilities, including
powerful detection of possible component conflicts. The factory-aligned, snap-lock
X-ray optics provide true 'plug-and-play' functionality, including
automatic and tool-free switching of the diffraction geometry with minimal user
intervention. The DIFFRAC.SUITE offers intuitive operation based on a graphical
user interface that can be customized to match the operator's requirements.
"The new D8 DISCOVER incorporates XRD2 capabilities, featuring the brand
new two-dimensional V?NTEC-500 detector based on Bruker's proprietary
MikroGap™ technology. Its outstanding capabilities, including the large
active area of 14,400 mm2, enable materials research with outstanding spatial
resolution and short measurement times. This will allow our users a new view
into the nano-materials world," stated Dr. Geert Vanhoyland, XRD Product
Manager at Bruker AXS.
"Applying a 'Leonardo DaVinci' design philosophy to a modern
system enables expert analytical XRD capabilities while minimizing user interventions.
Incorporating numerous proprietary innovations, the new D8 DISCOVER offers unrivaled
ergonomics, turning a complex research instrument into an easy to use routine
tool for everyone," commented Dr. Lutz Brügemann, Director of R&D
and Marketing at Bruker AXS.