Though the combination STOE STADI P diffractometer and DECTRIS MYTHEN 1K detector enables the user to collect high resolution powder data over a large 2θ region in very short time, some experiments, especially in the wide field of non-ambient methods, require the possibility to take “snapshot patterns”.

In combination with their MYTHEN2, DECTRIS launched the DCS4 which offers the possibility to process the data of up to four MYHTEN2 modules simultaneously. Consequently the installation of two, three or four MYTHEN2 R modules on one detector arm for the STOE STADI P has been obvious and the result is the STOE MULTI-MYTHEN2 R nK (n = 2, 3 or 4).

In combination with STOE’s high temperature attachments or with an Oxford Cryostream, the STOE MULTI-MYTHEN 2 R nK offers the user the optimized detector for temperature depending measurements. Highly time resolved observations as in battery cells are possible as well as data collection for PDF calculations in a reasonable time scale. The STOE MULTI-MYTHEN 2R nK is available with all actual chip thicknesses (320, 450 or 1000 µm).

Left to right: MYTHEN2 R 2K, MYTHEN 2 R 3K and, ideal for PDF-data collection, MYTHEN2 R 4K

Linked with the arrangement of more than one MYTHEN2 R module on a detector arm is the question how to treat the resulting gaps. To cover the full 2θ range of a STOE STADI P with a modicum of modules, the MULTI-MYTHEN2 nK has gaps only a little smaller than the width of the detector window (approximately 18.5 degrees 2θ) and offers two different measurement strategies:

Following both modes are explained for the MULTI-MYTHEN2 R 3K:


In the stationary mode, the 3K doesn‘t move but takes one pattern with two gaps. After the shutter closed, the pattern taken with the low angle module is folded by the software in the gap between the two modules yielding a pattern of 55° 2θ.


Collecting data in the moving mode, the 3K takes one pattern (with 2 gaps), then the shutter closes and the detector arm makes an 18.25°-step. The shutter opens again and the 3K takes a 2nd pattern (again 2 gaps). These 2 patterns are combined by the software to one pattern (with no gaps) of 109.75°.


To prove the data quality of a pattern measured in the moving mode, particularly with regard to the 2θ range close to the joints of the single module patterns, a glass capillary of 0.5 mm diameter was filled with NIST 660b LaB6 standard material and mounted on a STOE STADI P in Debye-Scherrer geometry using a STOE MULTI MYTHEN2 R 3K detector (450 µm chip thickness) and Mo Kα1 radiation.

The sample was measured from 2 to 110° 2θ in 120 s (2×60 s, moving mode) and the data taken to refine the cell. The first 40° 2θ of the fit are magnified in the upper right corner of the figure. The impressive results of the refinement are listed in the table below.

File title: LaB6Refined cell parameters :
Wavelength: 0.709300Cell_A: 4.15698(11)
Number of accepted peaks: 68Cell_Volume: 71.834(3)
2θ window: 0.050 Number of single indexed lines: 68
2θ zeropoint: 0.0023 (refineable)Number of unindexed lines: 0
Symmetry: Cubic P2θ zeropoint: 0.0014(23)
Spacegroup: P m-3m  (No. 221)Average delta(2θ) = 0.005
Initial cell parameters: Cell_A: 4.1569 Figure of Merit F(30) = 460.4 ( 0.002, 31 )

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