Vacuum Plate to house 156 Allectra Sub-D Feedthroughs
Allectra designed and manufactured this plate for ADS-Engineering, the engineering partner of DECTRIS for their in-vacuum X-ray detector for Diamond Light Source, UK.
With more than 12 million pixels on an active area of 0.34m², the PILATUS 12M detector covers a 2Θ range of ±100° and will operate in vacuum at 10-6 mbar. This specific solution, built by DECTRIS in close collaboration with the 123 team at Diamond Light Source, represents a breakthrough in long-wavelength macromolecular crystallography.
This customized single-photon-counting X-ray detector features operation in vacuum, a specific module geometry and a special calibration for low-energy X-ray energies.
Based on the size of the plate and to reduce weight and cost, Allectra recommended the use of separate aluminium plates instead of the proposed one for the main door. This reduces the risk for the customer as the plates can be repaired individually in case of any problems.
Allectra manufactured and tested the plates and assembled them to the aluminium door which was leak-checked and assembled to the back plate.