Versatile tool for nanomaterial analysis

With the ScatterX78 attachment for the Empyrean you can perform small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS/WAXS) measurements on nanomaterials. ScatterX78 can be used for colloidal dispersions, nanocomposites, nanopowders, gels, (bio-)polymers and fibers alike. Whereas the SAXS signal allows for the dimensional and structural analysis of a material on the nanoscale, complementary information about the crystalline phases and the size of nanocrystallites can be obtained from the WAXS signal. Data analysis is facilitated by our EasySAXS and HighScore (Plus) software.

Unique and very easy to use

  • PreFIX attachment to the Empyrean
  • Very compact, ergonomic and easy to use
  • Based on unique, patented technology
  • Alignment-free
  • Excellent cost-performance-ratio

ScatterX78 contains advanced beam conditioning elements and the whole chamber
can be evacuated. It is used together with an X-ray mirror and our high-resolution, noise-free PIXcel or X'Celerator detectors.

Unmatched performance

The SAXS setup with ScatterX78 allows for measurements of SAXS data from 0.08 deg. 2theta that also include the attenuated direct beam profile. ScatterX78 can even be used for dilute, low-contrast samples having a weak scattering intensity. Its resolution, sensitivity and speed of measurement are unmatched on a multipurpose XRD platform.

WAXS up to 78º 2theta

The detector is attached to the arm of Empyrean's high-resolution goniometer and moved along the focusing circle around the sample. This enables high-quality WAXS data up to as high as 78 deg. 2theta, and in a seamless continuation of the SAXS measurement.


With ScatterX78 you can also perform 2D SAXS measurements. Switching between the 1D and 2D setup only takes you a minute. The 2D option is essential for samples with an anisotropic structure, as observed e.g. in polymer foils or fibers. Data obtained with the 2D SAXS setup are essentially free from smearing effects. 2D data processing can be done with our XRD2Dscan and EasySAXS software packages.

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