Last week the BioMAX and KITS teams could successfully install and start the operation of the Eiger X 16M (Dectris, Switzerland) hybrid pixel X-ray detector. This is a high performance x-ray camera which allows for the collection up to 133 diffraction images consisting of 16 million pixels per images or up to 750 images of 4 million pixels per second. With the hybrid pixel detector technology, the data can be recorded faster and with less noise giving improved data quality. One challenge of this project is the design of the required IT infrastructure, for example the network and the data collection software, which is required to guide the very large and rapidly created data safely to the data evaluation computers.
The whole project is a nice example of the close collaboration between various MAX IV teams, and with the vendor.