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Benchtop powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) instrument

Qualitative and quantitative phase analysis of poly-crystalline materials

Overview:

  • New 6th generation design
  • Compact, fail-safe radiation enclosure
  • Incident beam variable slit
  • Simple installation and user training
  • Factory aligned goniometer system
  • Laptop computer operation

Measurements:

  • Phase identification
  • Phase quantification (phase ID)
  • Percent (%) crystallinity
  • Crystallite size and strain
  • Lattice parameter refinement
  • Rietveld refinement
  • Molecular structure

Options:

  • 8-position autosampler
  • Graphite monochromator
  • D/teX Ultra: silicon strip detector
  • HyPix-400 MF: 2D HPAD detector
  • Air sensitive sample holder
  • Travel case
MiniFlex
XRD, Benchtop
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X-ray diffraction (XRD)

Benchtop X-ray diffractometer for phase analysis

New sixth generation MiniFlex benchtop X-ray diffractometer is a multipurpose powder diffraction analytical instrument that can determine: crystalline phase identification (phase ID) and quantification, percent (%) crystallinity, crystallite size and strain, lattice parameter refinement, Rietveld refinement, and molecular structure. It is widely used in research, especially in material science and chemistry, as well as in industry for research and quality control. It is the newest addition to the MiniFlex series of benchtop X-ray diffraction analyzers from Rigaku, which began with the introduction of the original MiniFlex XRD system decades ago.

X-ray powder diffraction with HPAD detector

MiniFlex XRD system delivers speed and sensitivity through innovative technology advances, including the HyPix-400 MF 2D hybrid pixel array detector (HPAD) together with an available 600 W X-ray source and new 8-position automatic sample changer.

Hybrid pixel array detector (HPAD)

This new direct photon counting detector enables high-speed, low-noise data collection and may be operated in 0D and 1D modes for conventional XRD analysis and 2D mode for samples with coarse grain size and/or preferred orientation.

XRD accessories enhance your MiniFlex

A variety of X-ray tube anodes – along with a range of sample rotation and positioning accessories, together with a variety of temperature attachments – are offered to ensure that the MiniFlex X-ray diffraction (XRD) system is versatile enough to perform challenging qualitative and quantitative analyses of a broad range of samples, whether performing research or routine quality control. The new (Gen 6) MiniFlex X-ray diffractometer system embodies the Rigaku philosophy of “Leading with Innovation” by offering the world’s most advanced benchtop system for powder diffractometry.

Advanced PDXL powder diffraction software

Each MiniFlex comes standard with the latest version of PDXL, Rigaku's full-function powder diffraction analysis package. The latest version of PDXL offers important new functionality; including a fundamental parameter method (FP) for more accurate peak calculation, phase identification using the Crystallography Open Database (COD), and a wizard for ab inito crystal structure analysis.

MiniFlex X-ray diffractometer history

The Rigaku MiniFlex X-ray diffractometer (XRD) is historically significant in that it was the first commercial benchtop (tabletop or desktop) X-ray diffractometry instrument. When introduced in 1973, the original Miniflex™ benchtop XRD was about one-tenth the size, and dramatically less expensive, than conventional X-ray diffraction (XRD) equipment of the period. The original instrument (Gen 1), and its successor that was introduced in 1976 (Gen 2), employed a horizontal goniometer with data output provided by an internal strip chart recorder. The third generation (Gen 3) benchtop diffractometer, introduced in 1995, was called Miniflex+. It provided a dramatic advance in X-ray power to 450 watts (by operating at 30kV and 15mA) and Windows® PC computer control. Both the Miniflex+ and the succeeding generations of bench diffractometers employ a vertical goniometer and allow the use of an automatic sample changer. The fourth generation (Gen 4) Miniflex II benchtop XRD was introduced in 2006 and offered the advance of a monochromatic X-ray source and a D/teX Ultra 1D silicon strip detector. The fifth generation (Gen 5) MiniFlex600 desktop XRD, introduced in 2012, built upon this legacy with 600W of available power and new PDXL powder diffraction software.

Specifications

Product name MiniFlex
Technique X-ray diffraction (XRD)
Benefit Phase analysis of poly-crystalline materials
Technology Benchtop X-ray diffractometer with advanced detector
Core attributes 600 W X-ray tube, D/teX Ultra silicon strip detector, accepts unusual samples, tabletop form factor
Core options 8-position autosampler, HyPix-400 MF (2D HPAD) detector, graphite monochromator, air sensitive sample holder,ShapeFlex sample holder
Computer External PC, MS Windows® OS, PDXL software
Core dimensions 620 (W) x 722 (H) x 460 (D) mm
Mass 80 kg (core unit)
Power requirements 1Ø, 100-240 V 50/60 Hz

Accessories

The following accessories are available for this product
Air-sensitive sample holder

An enclosed sample holder is available for users studying materials that might degrade in the presence of oxygen.

ASC-8 : automatic 8 position sample changer with spinner

Automatic 8-position sample changer is compact and rugged. Integrated spinning improves particle statistics in polycrystalline sample measurements. Fully automatic alignment. Programmable.

BTS 500 high temperature attachment

The high temperature attachment can heat a sample to do in-situ powder diffraction measurements under high temperature conditions from ambient to 500°C.

D/teX Ultra

This 1D silicon strip detector is optionally available for fast, high-resolution scanning.

Graphite monochromator for D/teX Ultra

The graphite monochromator optimizes sensitivity by lowering the background level. It improves signal-to-noise by eliminating fluorescence from Mn, Fe, Co, and Ni containing materials.

HyPix-400 MF: 2D HPAD detector

2D hybrid pixel array detector (HPAD) to collect diffraction image 2 dimensionally. The 2D diffraction images reveal preferred orientation and crystallite size information for the sample together with phase and lattice parameter information

Sample holders

Various sample holder are available to meet the specific needs of particular applications.

Specimen rotation attachment

The sample rotation stage allows continuous rotation at variable speed of the sample holder to improve particle statistics during powder diffraction measurements.

Application notes

The following application notes are relevant to this product

Upcoming training sessions

Dates Cost Location Notes Course outline Registration form
- Please contact rese@rigaku.com Neu-Isenburg, Germany Class outline Online registration form
- Two (2) days for 1 person is $2800/One (1) day for 1 person is $1400 The Woodlands, TX USA This class is full Class outline Register now!
- Please contact rese@rigaku.com Neu-Isenburg, Germany Class outline Online registration form
- Please contact rese@rigaku.com Neu-Isenburg, Germany Class outline Online registration form
- Two (2) days for 1 person is $2800/One (1) day for 1 person is $1400 The Woodlands, TX USA 1-, 2- and 3-day options available. See registration form and class outline for specifics. Class outline Register now!
- Please contact rese@rigaku.com Neu-Isenburg, Germany Class outline Online registration form
- Two (2) days for 1 person is $2800/One (1) day for 1 person is $1400 The Woodlands, TX USA 1-, 2- and 3-day options available. See registration form and class outline for specifics. Class outline Register now!
- Two (2) days for 1 person is $2800/One (1) day for 1 person is $1400 The Woodlands, TX USA 1-, 2- and 3-day options available. See registration form and class outline for specifics. Class outline Register now!