METALJET, sc-xrd, Liquid Metal Jet X-ray Source

Liquid METALJET D2 PLUS X-ray Source

The METALJET D2 PLUS for X-ray diffraction delivers the smallest and most intensive X-ray beam of any home lab X-ray source to meet the ever increasing demands of modern structural biology including protein crystallography and Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS). Consequently, the METALJET D2 PLUS enables you to collect data on smaller, more weakly diffracting crystals.


The world’s strongest in-house X-ray source is now even more powerful: 250 W power load on the target, extended cathode lifetime with longer uptimes and further reduced maintenance requirements define the next generation, the new METALJET D2 PLUS.

In the METALJET D2 PLUS the solid target of conventional rotating anode generators is replaced by a high-speed jet of liquid metal that can accept a much higher power load. The result is an X-ray beam that is much brighter than traditional home sources.

HELIOS MX optics for METALJET D2 PLUS transmits the X-rays to the crystal

To deliver such a small X-ray beam required technical innovation in the design of the X-ray optic with greater precision in the d-spacing of the multilayers. The HELIOS MX optics for METALJET D2 PLUS transmits the X-rays to the crystal in a uniformly small diameter, greatly exceeding the intensity of conventional X-ray sources.

The METALJET D2 PLUS was developed in collaboration with Excillum and is fully integrated into the D8 VENTURE cabinet, resulting in a small-footprint diffraction system. The source mounts directly on the goniometer ensuring easy and stable downstream alignment guaranteeing an excellent overall system precision.

By default, the D8 VENTURE with METALJET D2 PLUS is shipped dual-port ready, with a second port ready for another diffraction experiment, e.g. for BioSAXS investigations.

The level of integration makes the difference between a MetalJet and the Bruker METALJET D2 PLUS.

  • Highest X-ray intensity due to exclusive patented liquid-metal-jet technology. One order of magnitude greater power load than conventional rotating anode X-ray sources.
  • Unprecedented brightness resulting from the extremely high power loading and smallest electron focus.
  • Perfect spot quality is achieved through the high-brightness LaB6 cathode and smooth, self-regenerating, liquid metal target which provides exceptional spatial and emission stability.
  • Lower noise as the shorter-wavelength gallium Kα X-rays (λ = 1.34 Å) result in reduced background scatter and higher detector efficiency.
  • Lower running costs are ensured by the low power consumption, minimal cooling requirements, and the self-regenerating target.
  • Newly introduced "Dynamic Adaptation Technology" delivers an even more stable X-ray beam with increased up-time and reduced service costs
METALJET Source Product Sheet, SC-XRD

Download our METALJET D2 PLUS product sheet