D8 VENTURE, TXS, KAPPA, single crystal X-ray diffraction

The Standard for Quality and Versatility in Single Crystal XRD

The D8 VENTURE hosts the experimental setup in a more spacious enclosure that also provides room for rotating anode, liquid metal jet and dual wavelengths solution. All systems feature the revolutionary PHOTON II CPAD detector.

The D8 VENTURE offers highest experimental flexibility, with excellent sample accessibility and visibility. It is engineered with high modularity from best-in-class components and is available in popular all-air-cooled configurations. The absolutely open design protects your investment with maximum flexibility for future extensions.

System key features:

  • Software

    • APEX3 - is the most complete suite for chemical crystallography
    • PROTEUM3 - now with a data processing pipeline for structural biology


Our compact D8 QUEST offers more single source solutions with a smaller foot-print.

  • All

New PHOTON II detector with CPAD technology

  • The largest monolithic active area of any pixel array
  • Excellent sensitivity over a wide energy range (Cu Kα to In Kα radiation)
  • Single-photon sensitivity
  • No charge sharing effects, zero counting losses
  • Air-cooled
  • 3-year warranty


Sealed tube X-ray sources

  • Mo or Cu radiation
  • the economical solution
  • Optional TRIUMPH for three-fold intensity


Microfocus TXS Rotating Anode

  • Compact Direct drive with low maintaneance
  • Pre-crystallized and pre-aligned filaments

IµS 3.0 microfocus X-ray source - tailored to the needs of crystallography

  • Mo or Cu or Ag radiation
  • Twice the intensity of conventional microfocus sources
  • Air-cooled (Watch our Air-Cooled Video)
  • 3-year warranty



  • Revolutionary liquid metal X-ray source for structural biology
  • Highest X-ray intensity in-house for even smaller and more challenging samples
  • Self-regeneratingtarget with Ga-radiation for lower background scattering and radiation damage
  • Low costs of ownership and high uptime


Advanced safety enclosures

  • Compliant with the strictest radiation safety regulations
  • Compliant with the new machinery directive


  • Best goniometer precision
  • Sphere of confusion of less than 7 micrometer ensures that even your smallest sample stays reliably in the center of the X-ray beam.



  • APEX3 is the most complete suite for chemical crystallography
  • PROTEUM3 now with a data processing pipeline for structural biology

Intelligent Goniometer Control - 3D robotic path planning

Within the concept of DAVINCI.DESIGN the D8 QUEST and the D8 VENTURE use a revolutionary 3D robotic path planning algorithm to efficiently drive the goniometer, maximizing the system’s capabilities. The path planning software continuously checks the validity of the experimental setup. Hardware recognition identifies components like mirrors, collimators or beamstops automatically.

The intelligent beam path components store all important information about functionality, spatial requirements and dependencies with other components in a memory chip.

Adding the knowledge about the current position of each component provides an up-to-date 3D model of the system and allows the dynamic calculation of an efficient and safe goniometer driving path:

  • Adding or removing a component from the system is instantly updated in the instrument status and available for automated software path planning.
  • Obscurations of the detector by components of the goniometer are rigorously avoided and collisions are made impossible.
  • New hardware components can be added with no need for a firmware update.

Highest Efficiency

Watch the video on the 3D robotic model used for the path planning combined with the real instrument movements.

DAVINCI.DESIGN for Path Planning

High-end Single source system

In addition to the single source configuration of the D8 QUEST, the larger enclosure of the D8 VENTURE hosts all our high intensity sources for working on even smaller, weakly diffracting crystals: the TXS for Mo- and Cu-radiation and the METALJET offering liquid metal technology.

  • Cu-radiation for absolute configuration and protein screening
  • Mo-radiation for high throughput and charge density
  • Ag-radiation for charge density and high pressure experiments
  • Ga-radiation from METALJET X-ray source for high-end structural biology and most demanding chemical crystallography samples

The Gallium-Kα emission line – 1.34 Å – is close to that of copper for maintaining the proven benefits of Copper-Kα radiation.

Yet, Gallium’s shorter-wavelength adds a number of advantages, such as reduced radiation damage, a greatly improved signal to-noise ratio due to an increased detector sensitivity, reduced X-ray absorption by the sample and reduced scattering by both mother liquor and air. The METALJET takes advantage of all these benefits, with an ultra-intense Ga-Kα beam.

Two wavelengths at your fingertips

For greater flexibility the D8 VENTURE allows the combination of two X-ray sources with a highly accurate goniometer and the PHOTON 100 CMOS detector for crystallography. The result is a highly versatile instrument that allows fast and fully automated wavelength switch.

X-ray sources for dual wavelength

  • Combination of two different wavelengths
  • Fast and fully-automated wavelength switch

D8 VENTURE with Mo- and Cu-radiation

Charge density experiments and protein screening are now possible on one instrument. Fast high resolution data with Mo-radiation and determination of absolute structures for light atom organic compounds with Cu-radiation.

D8 VENTURE with Mo- and Ag-radiation

A solid state chemist’s dream: high flux density Mo-radiation for routine crystallography and Ag-radiation for charge density experiments to even smaller d-spacing, reduced absorption and improved diamond anvil cell (DAC) high pressure experiments.

Protect your investment into the future

Your future needs may change. Even if you don’t need a second wavelength right now, as a second source can be added to the D8 VENTURE it gives you the flexibility to easily upgrade your capabilities in the future by adding a second wavelength.

More info

Available services include

  • Help desk support from highly-skilled troubleshooting professionals, to isolate and resolve hard- and software problems
  • Web-based remote instrument service for service diagnosis and applications support
  • Merged reality support with Help Lightning – a virtual engineer at your side (video)
  • Planned maintenance, according to your requirement
  • Customer on-site repair and maintenance service
  • Spare parts availability typically over night or within a few working days worldwide
  • Compliance services for installation qualification, operational qualification / performance verification
  • Site planning and relocation

Bruker Support

On our support website you will find:

  • Software Updates
    System software updates are available online to registered users.

  • Documentation
    Product manuals and installation guides are available online to registered users.