X-Max Extreme is much more than a new model to the X-Max range. It uses a special electron trap and windowless operation to achieve the required performance to meet its target applications. Its windowless operation provides improvements in count rate of 2-3x for light elements, and nearly 1.5x for the highest lines that can be detected. In combination with the improvement in solid angle this provides a sensitivity boost of 10-30x compared to conventional large area SDD with thin windows. For extremely low energy lines the improvements is even greater and further increased by the use of new faster detector electronics developed for Li-detection.
Windowless configuration offers the most sensitive light element detection
Up to 3x increase in signal over conventional SDD detectors
New potential for the detection of difficult elements such as nitrogen
Example: First detection of Lithium