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xr-100cr x-ray detector

145 eV Resolution!

All solid state design...

No more liquid nitrogen!

XR-100 Landed on Mars!
XR-100 x-ray detector landed on mars!

The XR-100CR is a high performance x-ray detector, preamplifier, and cooler system using a thermoelectrically cooled Si-PIN photodiode as an x-ray detector. Also mounted on the 2-stage cooler are the input FET and a novel feedback circuit. These components are kept at approximately -55 °C, and are monitored by an internal temperature sensor. The hermetic TO-8 package of the detector has a light tight, vacuum tight thin Beryllium window to enable soft x-ray detection.

The XR-100CR represents a breakthrough in x-ray detector technology by providing "off-the-shelf" performance previously available only from expensive cryogenically cooled systems.


  • Si-PIN Photodiode
  • 2-Stage Thermoelectric Cooler
  • Temperature Monitor
  • Beryllium Window
  • Multilayer Collimator
  • Hermetic Package (TO-8)
  • Wide Detection Range
  • Easy to Operate

Additional Information



x-ray detector element
xr100cr x-ray detector with 145 eV Resolution!
Figure 1. 55Fe Spectrum taken with a 6 mm2/500 µm detector.

The resolution for the the 5.9 keV peak of 55Fe is 145 eV FWHM to 230 eV FWHM depending on detector type and shaping time constant. See Selection Guide.

Theory of Operation

X-rays interact with silicon atoms to create an average of one electron/hole pair for every 3.62 eV of energy lost in the silicon. Depending on the energy of the incoming radiation, this loss is dominated by either the Photoelectric Effect or Compton scattering. The probability or efficiency of the detector to "stop" an x-ray and create electron/hole pairs increases with the thickness of the silicon. See efficiency curves.

In order to facilitate the electron/hole collection process, a 100-200 volt bias voltage is applied across the silicon depending on the detector thickness. This voltage is too high for operation at room temperature, as it will cause excessive leakage, and eventually breakdown. Since the detector in the XR-100CR is cooled, the leakage current is reduced considerably, thus permitting the high bias voltage. This higher voltage decreases the capacitance of the detector, which lowers system noise.

The thermoelectric cooler cools both the silicon detector and the input FET transistor to the charge sensitive preamplifier. Cooling the FET reduces its leakage current and increases the transconductance, both of which reduce the electronic noise of the system.

Since optical reset is not practical when the detector is a photodiode, the XR-100CR incorporates a novel feedback method for the reset to the charge sensitive preamplifier. The reset transistor, which is typically used in most other systems has been eliminated. Instead, the reset is done through the high voltage connection to the detector by injecting a precise charge pulse through the detector capacitance to the input FET. This method eliminates the noise contribution of the reset transistor and further improves the energy resolution of the system.

A temperature monitor diode chip is mounted on the cooled substrate to provide a direct reading of the temperature of the internal components, which will vary with room temperature. Below -20 °C, the performance of the XR-100CR will not change with a temperature variation of a few degrees. Hence, closed loop temperature control is not necessary when using the XR-100CR at normal room temperature. For OEM applications or hand held XRF instrumentation a closed loop temperature control is recommended. The Active Temperature Control is standard in Amptek electronics such as the PX5 and DP5/PC5.

XR100-CR Specifications

Detector TypeSi-PIN
Detector Sizes6 mm2 (collimated to 4.4 mm2)
13 mm2 (collimated to 11.1 mm2)
25 mm2 (collimated to 21.5 mm2)
See Selection Guide
Silicon Thickness500 µm See efficiency curves
CollimatorMultilayer, click here for more information
Energy Resolution @ 5.9 keV (55Fe)145 eV FWHM to 230 eV FWHM depending on detector type and shaping time constant.
See Selection Guide
Background Counts<5 x 10-3/s, 2 keV to 150 keV for 6 mm2/500 µm detector
Detector Be Window Thickness1 mil (25 µm),or 0.5 mil (12.5 µm), See transmission curves
Charge Sensitive PreamplifierAmptek custom design with reset through the H.V. connection
Gain Stability<20 ppm/°C (typical)
Case Size3.00 x 1.75 x 1.13 in (7.6 x 4.4 x 2.9 cm), See mechanical dimensions
Weight4.9 ounces (139 g)
Total Power<1 Watt
Warranty Period1 Year
Typical Device Lifetime5 to 10 years, depending on use
Operation conditions0°C to +40°C
Storage and ShippingLong term storage: 10+ years in dry environment
Typical Storage and Shipping: -20°C to +50°C, 10 to 90% humidity non condensing
TUV CertificationTUV Certification
Certificate #: CU 72072412 01
Tested to: UL 61010-1: 2004 R7 .05
CAN/CSA-C22.2 61010-1: 2004
Preamp Power±8 to 9 V @ 15 mA with no more than 50 mV peak-to-peak noise
Detector Power+180 V (power supply should be able to produce between +100 to 200 V @ 1 µA) very stable <0.1% variation
Cooler PowerCurrent = 350 mA maximum, voltage = 4 V maximum with <100 mV peak-to-peak noise
Note: the XR-100CR includes its own temperature controller
Reset Output Waveform

The output of the XR100CR swings from +5 V to - 5 V.
The reset period will vary with detector type and count rate.
reset output waveform

Preamplifier Sensitivity1 mV/keV typical (may varry for different detectors)
Preamplifier PolarityNegative signal output (1 kohm maximum load)
Preamplifier FeedbackReset through the detector capacitance
Temperature Monitor Sensitivity (Diode)770 mV = -50 °C
For Amptek electronics direct reading in K through software.

XR-100CR Connectors

Preamp OutputBNC coaxial connector
Power and Signal6-Pin LEMO connector (Part# ERA.1S.306.CLL)
Interconnect CableXR100CR to PX5: 6-Pin LEMO (Part# FFA.1S.306.CLAC57) to 6-Pin LEMO (5 ft length)
XR100CR stand-alone: 6-Pin LEMO (Part# FFA.1S.306.CLAC57) to 9-Pin D (5 ft length)

6-Pin LEMO Connector Pin Out

Pin 1Temperature monitor diode
Pin 2+H.V. Detector Bias, +100 - 200 V maximum
Pin 3-9 V Preamp power
Pin 4+9 V Preamp power
Pin 5Cooler power return
Pin 6Cooler power
0 to +4 V @ 350 mA
CaseGround and shield


x-123 configuration
Figure 2a. The X-123 configuration, which includes
the detecor, preamplifier, digital processor, and power
supplies all in one box.

PA-230 housing
Figure 2b. The detector/preamplifier is available in OEM configurations
to fit the requirements of any system. Pictured is the detector with the
PA-230 preamplifier and housing. See the OEM page for details.

xr100cr detector extender options
Figure 3. XR100CR Detector Extender Options.

Digital Pulse Processor and Power Supply for the XR-100CR

Power to the XR-100CR is provided by the PX5 Digital Pulse Processor and Power Supply. The PX5 is DC powered by an AC adaptor and provides a variable Digital Pulse Processing Amplifier (0.200 µs to 100 µs peaking time), the MCA function, and all power supplies for the detector.

The XR-100CR/PX5 systems ensures stable operation in less than one minute from power turn-on.

px5 digital pulse processor, mca, and power supply block diagram
Figure 4. Block diagram of a typical system using the PX5 and an Amptek XR100D detector. Several different detector and preamp configurations are available from Amptek, Inc., with different pinouts and voltages.

resolution vs. peaking time for Si-PIN and SDD detectors
Figure 5. Resolution vs. Peaking Time for Si-PIN and SDD Detectors.

resolution vs. icr for different peaking times
Figure 6. Resolution vs. input count rate (ICR) for various peaking times. Taken with XR100CR and PX5.

throughput, input vs. output count rate for silicon drift detector
Figure 7. PX5 throughput for various peaking times.

Use of Collimators

All of Amptek’s Si-PIN detectors contain internal multilayer collimators to improve spectral quality. X-rays interacting near the edges of the active volume of the detector may produce small pulses due to partial charge collection. These pulses result in artifacts in the spectrum which, for some applications, obscure the signal of interest. The internal collimator restricts X-rays to the active volume, where clean signals are produced. Depending on the type of detector, collimators can

Click here for more information.

Vacuum Operation

The XR-100CR can be operated in air or in vacuum down to 10-8 Torr. There are two ways the XR-100CR can be operated in vacuum: 1) The entire XR-100CR detector and preamplifier box can be placed inside the chamber. In order to avoid overheating and dissipate the 1 Watt of power needed to operate the XR-100CR, good heat conduction to the chamber walls should be provided by using the four mounting holes. An optional Model 9DVF 9-Pin D vacuum feedthrough connector on a Conflat is available to connect the XR-100CR to the PX2CR or PX5 outside the vacuum chamber. 2) The XR-100CR can be located outside the vacuum chamber to detect X-Rays inside the chamber through a standard Conflat compression O-ring port. Optional Model EXV9 (9 inch) vacuum detector extender is available for this application. Click here for more information on vacuum applications and options.

Efficiency Curves

efficiency linear scale
Figure 8 (linear). Shows the intrinsic full energy detection efficiency for the XR-100CR detectors. This efficiency corresponds to the probability that an X-ray will enter the front of the detector and deposit all of its energy inside the detector via the photoelectric effect.

efficiency log scale
Figure 9 (log). Shows the probability of a photon undergoing any interaction, along with the probability of a photoelectric interaction which results in total energy deposition. As shown, the photoelectric effect is dominant at low energies but at higher energies above about 40 keV the photons undergo Compton scattering, depositing less than the full energy in the detector.

Both figures above combine the effects of transmission through the Beryllium window (including the protective coating), and interaction in the silicon detector. The low energy portion of the curves is dominated by the thickness of the Beryllium window, while the high energy portion is dominated by the thickness of the active depth of the Si detector. Depending on the window chosen, 90% of the incident photons reach the detector at energies ranging from 2 to 3 keV. Depending on the detector chosen, 90% of the photons are detected at energies up to 9 to 12 keV.

Efficiency Package: A ZIP file of coefficients and a FAQ about efficiency. This pacakge is provided for general information. It should not be used as a basis for critical quantitative analysis.

XR-100 Lands on Mars on the Pathfinder Mission!

For its unique design and reliability, this detector was selected for the Pathfinder Mission
to perform rock and soil analysis using x-ray fluorescence techniques.

Here is the first rock spectrum from Mars!

barnacle martian rock spectrum taken with xr100
Figure 10. Courtesy of the University of Chicago.

Complete XRF System

complete xrf system
Figure 11. Complete XRF system.

Complete XRF System Includes

  • XR-100CR X-Ray Detector
  • PX5 Digital Pulse Processor, MCA, and Power Supply
  • Mini-X USB Controlled X-Ray Tube
  • XRF-FP Quantitative Analysis Software
  • MP1 XRF Mounting Plate

xr100 and mini-x on mp1 mounting plate
Figure 12. XR100CR and Mini-X on the MP1 XRF mounting plate.

Additional Information


Application Notes, Tutorials and Resources

XR-100CR Specifications in PDF (382k)

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Revised July 3, 2012