MicroMax® X-ray Sources and Systems


The foundation of any home X-ray diffraction system is the X-ray source. Rigaku has introduced a full line of X-ray sources ranging from the most high-power rotating anodes available in the world to high-brilliance microfocus sealed tubes.

RIT introduces the MicroMax® 003F, our 6th generation of microfocus sources! MicroMax® 003F takes advantage of revolutionary electron beam focusing technology to produce small, stable X-ray spots with maximum power density. Closely coupling these high-power density, small spots to one of RIT’s state-of-the-art CMF optics yields a high-brilliance X-ray beam that can be matched to your application.

In 2008, Rigaku Innovative Technologies Europe s.r.o. (RITE) became part of the Rigaku Corporation. RITE’s primary focus has been research & development projects which have resulted in an extension of Rigaku’s X-ray optics and detectors for EUV/XUV, Hard and Soft X-rays.

MicroMax® 003F X-ray Source Products

RIT has engineered the MicroMax® 003F X-ray Source system to be a modular and cost effective solution for new projects or as a replacement source to upgrade older systems. Virtually any analysis, such as protein crystallography, small molecule diffraction, XRD, XRF, SAXS, etc., can be enhanced with a MicroMax® 003F source that combines the straightforward source head design with a carefully chosen RIT optic.

Since numerous optics are available for each wavelength, RIT is confident that a MicroMax® 003F system can be optimized to match your application requirements.

X-ray wavelengths include

Cu, Mo, Ag, Au, Cr and Rh.
A further advantage of the MicroMax® 003F is the “green” aspect. By using a micro focus spot with an optimally designed, closely-coupled optic, the MicroMax® 003F produces a high-brilliance beam while consuming much less energy than a conventional X-ray source.

MicroMax® 003F Features

  • Easy access, simple alignment controls
  • High-speed rotary shutter
  • Available in a wide variety of wavelength/optic combinations
  • Stable spot position and hardware design minimize the need to realign
  • Sealed optics housing eliminates the need for an external vacuum pump

Shown at right with and without available stand

MicroMax®003F Controller

The controller for the MicroMax® 003F accepts universal electrical power (100-250VAC 50/60Hz) and uses Ethernet based communication to your PC for easy installation anywhere.

Controller Features

  • Control through RIT’s provided software
  • Control through User’s custom software
  • Using simple ASCII commands
  • Up to 8 CAT IV safety interlock switches connected in series
  • Master Key to limit unauthorized use
  • Dual EMO (Emergency Off) switches
  • One mounted on the controller
  • One stand-alone to be placed near the user

Expert Application and Installation Guidance

RIT’s team of experts is prepared to help you understand which source best serves your needs and to assist in installation to your instrument. Contact us for more information.

PSR™ Scatter-Free Pinhole

The PSR™ Scatter-Free Pinhole will accurately define the X-ray beam shape while minimizing parasitic scatter without increasing the beam divergence. By leveraging a scatter-free pinhole, RIT users can optimize their system layout and improve experimental data by reducing the parasitic scatter produced by conventional pinholes. The PSR™ scatter-free pinhole is available in a variety of diameters with excellent accuracy and concentricity.

In typical SAXS/WAXS systems, two pinholes are used to define the beam and a third pinhole is added to reduce parasitic scatter. By eliminating the need for a third pinhole, RIT’s PSR™ technology allows a better optimization of the desired X-ray beam flux, system resolution and system length. For example, the overall system length can be reduced while increasing flux without reducing q resolution or, alternatively, the system length can be maintained with increased flux and much improved q.

RIT’s expertise and long history with different instrument designs allows us to quickly and easily create a new, custom built instrument or upgrade to your existing machine.

PSR™ Features

  • Fully compatible with existing S/Max-3000 SAXS systems
  • Wide variety of available diameters

CCD, sCMOS and PIN Diode Based Detectors

In 2008, Rigaku Innovative Technologies Europe s.r.o. (RITE) became part of the Rigaku Corporation. RITE’s primary focus has been research & development projects which have resulted in an extension of Rigaku’s X-ray optics and detectors for EUV/XUV, Hard and Soft X-rays.

RITE has developed and manufactures CCD and sCMOS X-ray imaging detectors both of which contain the highest spatial resolution commercially available. They are the XSight LC and XSight FC detectors.

The XSight LC detector contains an interchangeable coupled lens, enabling users to continuously change the field of view and the corresponding spatial resolution. The available field of view ranges from 0.9 × 0.7 to 14.4 × 10.8 mm, with a corresponding spatial resolution of 0.4µm or higher.

The XSight FC camera is a fiber optics coupled camera that is approximately 20x more sensitive when compared to the XSight LC version. The XSight FC has a spatial resolution of about 18µm.

Both the XSight LC and XSight FC are available in CCD or sCMOS versions. When compared to the CCD version, the sCMOS sensor provides users with the fastest read-out and lowest noise.

RITE completes its portfolio of detectors by offering users a metrology PIN diode detector called the xPIN. The xPIN is the ideal solution when intensity monitoring or beam alignment is of importance.

xPIN is available to cover a wide range of energies from EUV/XUV to Hard X-rays. While xPIN typically gives a relative intensity value, a calibrated version is available. Finally, for EUV applications both pulsed and continuous versions are available.

Contact Us

Rigaku Innovative Technologies, Inc.
1900 Taylor Road
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
Phone: 248-232-6400
Email: optics@rigaku.com
The Americas and Asia
Nick Grupido
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Phone: 248-232-6400
Europe and Australia
Paul Pennartz
European Channel Manager
Indestr. 109
52249 Eschweiler, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 172 9347 323
Japan – Sales Distributor
Yuko Kyozawa
RAD Device Co., Ltd.
URBANPLAZA IZUMI 7F 2-26-4 Myojin-Cho
Hachioji-Shi, Tokyo 〒192-0046, JAPAN
Phone: +81-42-642-0889
Fax : +81-42-642-0896