A curved image-plate detector system for high-resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction

P. Sarin, R. P. Haggerty, W. Yoon, M. Knapp, A. Berghaeuser, P. Zschack, E. Karapetrova, N. Yang, W. M. Kriven

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The developed curved image plate (CIP) is a one-dimensional detector which simultaneously records high-resolution X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns over a 38.7° 2 range. In addition, an on-site reader enables rapid extraction, transfer and storage of X-ray intensity information in 30 s, and further qualifies this detector to study kinetic processes in materials science. The CIP detector can detect and store X-ray intensity information linearly proportional to the incident photon flux over a dynamical range of about five orders of magnitude. The linearity and uniformity of the CIP detector response is not compromised in the unsaturated regions of the image plate, regardless of saturation in another region. The speed of XRD data acquisition together with excellent resolution afforded by the CIP detector is unique and opens up wide possibilities in materials research accessible through X-ray diffraction. This article presents details of the basic features, operation and performance of the CIP detector along with some examples of applications, including high-temperature XRD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-282
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Synchrotron Radiation
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009


  • High-resolution diffraction
  • Image-plate detector
  • In situ diffraction.
  • Powder diffraction
  • X-ray detectors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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