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Instrument Design Technology Ltd

Newsletter - September 2012

News Update: New Product Guide

IDT have launched a new product guide, which can be viewed by clicking on the image on the right (pdf format, 11.8MB).

We are an established supplier of complete beamlines and a leading developer of novel beamline components. IDT design & build optical monochromators, large & small mirror systems plus beam conditioning, beam diagnostics and experimental equipment. We have delivered 5 complete beamlines to facilities worldwide and can provide full support from concept to commissioning with beam.

News Update: Double Laue Monochromator

Double Laue Monochromator installed on IMBL at the Australian Synchrotron

IDT have recently designed, built & installed a novel Double Laue Monochromator on the Imaging & Medical Beamline at the Australian Synchrotron.

The monochromator has an energy range of 16keV-100keV and features indirect water cooling of the first crystal. The monochromator design is optimised for stability due to the very large sample distance (>150m), with a translating first crystal and a stationary second crystal acting as a fixed energy reference. The first crystal is mounted on a long linear slide with a straightness of ±15μm over 500mm travel.

Both crystals are mounted on highly repeatable vertical slides, with precision tilt cradles for roll alignment. The first crystal can be fully translated out of the beam to allow the white beam to pass.

See the Double Laue Monochromator page in our new product guide for more information.

News Update: SCD Detector Mount

SCD Detector Mount installed on Swiss-Norwegian beamlime at the ESRF

IDT have designed & built a Detector Mount for the Pilatus 2M detector on the Swiss-Norwegian beamline at the ESRF. This system features a novel counterweight safety system to protect the detector.

It is possible to position the centre of the detector at a diffraction angle of up to 45° and to vary the sample-to-detector distance from about 150mm to almost 1000mm. The support frame for the detector and the sample goniometry are both mounted on a common granite base, which in turn can be aligned relative to the incoming beam using a system of jacks and slides with 5 degrees of freedom.

A total of 15 motorised movements allow the sample and the detector to be precisely positioned and aligned relative to the synchrotron beam.

See the SCD Detector Mount page in our new product guide for more information.

Product Focus: Vacuum Actuators & Stages

Linear slide with 25mm travel

IDT have produced a wide range of beamline components with outstanding performance. To achieve such excellent performance has required the development of a series of high performance actuators and stages capable of operating in a high vacuum and ultra-high vacuum environment. We are delighted to now offer these actuators & stages as products in their own right.

For a full overview of our range, including actuators, slides, goniometers and limit switches, see the Vacuum Actuators & Stages section of our product guide.

Product Focus: Experimental Tables

Experiemental Tables

IDT have developed a comprehensive range of experimental table configurations which can be used to provide a stable support to optical components, experimental equipment and diffractometers.

Tables are fully motorised with pitch, roll & yaw, vertical and lateral degrees of freedom, with up to 7.5 tonne load capacity available. Our tables are fully customised and tailored to the specific requirements of each beamline.

See the Experimental Equipment section in our new product guide for more information.

Product Focus: Small KB Mirror System*

The IDT Small KB Mirror system is based on the well established approach of applying two adjustable moments to dynamically figure a trapezoidal mirror to micro-focus monochromatic x-rays. The mirror system is available in UHV, vacuum & helium variants, with mirror lengths 170mm - 320mm and features:

Small KB Mirror System
  • Highly repeatable sub-μm focused spot size
  • High stability dynamically figured mirror with sub-μrad slope error
  • Multiple mirror coatings (silicon, rhodium, platinum)
  • 2 moment elliptical bending with trapezoidal shaped mirrors for near-perfect bending
  • Various motor & control options
  • Low cost of ownership

See the Small KB Mirror section in our new product guide for more information.

* Developed by IDT with a grant from the UK North West Development Agency.