Quantum C100

QD introduces the Quantum C100. Born from discussions in the Cryo-EM field. This detector is designed as the ideal detector for performance at 100keV.

Quantum C100

Overview of the Quantum C100

The Quantum C100, combined with specially optimised 100 keV microscopes, is set to transform the field of Cryo-EM by enabling top quality publishable data whilst operating at a much lower energy. This detector aims to allow the radical simplification of the microscope design and make single particle analysis more affordable and widely-used across science and industry.

This new generation of detector technology is being developed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), in partnership with the Rosalind Franklin Institute (RFI) and MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC LMB).

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  • 2000 frame rate per second
  • Easy to use interface
  • Fibre-optic readout
  • Full frame pixels

What is Cryo-EM?

Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is used to image the structures of materials and large molecules. In TEM, a beam of electrons is passed through an ultrathin sample, and following interaction with the sample, the electrons are detected, enabling an image of the sample to be constructed in high resolution. Samples analysed by TEM are exposed to intense high-energy electron beams under strong vacuum conditions, which can lead to the degradation of some samples, in particular biomolecules. Cryo-EM (cryogenic electron microscopy) overcomes these issues by imaging samples at low temperatures, allowing the structures of biomolecules, such as proteins and nucleic acids, to be determined in high resolution. Cryo-EM is an attractive alternative to conventional X-ray crystallographic methods, as it images biomolecules in solution and does not require a crystallised sample. The significance of Cryo-EM was recognised internationally in 2017, when the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Richard Henderson, Jacques Dubochet and Joachim Frank for their seminal work in the development and applications of this technique.


The launch of Quantum C100

The innovative detector technology developed by STFC’s Technology department will eventually lead to cryoEM techniques becoming available to non-specialist laboratories while specialist laboratories can undertake more complex work, raising the standards of research across the board. Until now, the leading industry standard cryoEM systems have all required huge amounts of power. The standard systems operate with 300keV electron sources and are complex, specialised machines that are only available in specialist microscopy centres. Recently, pioneering scientists demonstrated that similar imaging resolutions could be achieved with electrons at a much lower energy of 100keV. The new commercial venture with Quantum Detectors aims to provide a detector which can aid in radically simplifying the microscope design. This will ultimately make the technique much more accessible and widely-used across science and industry.

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We’ve been providing advanced detector solutions for almost 15 years now, and the introduction of the Quantum C100 will take product innovation to another level. We are absolutely delighted to have been selected to partner with the Rosalind Franklin Institute and the STFC, to help bring CryoEM technology to a far wider scientific community, with a whole new class of instrumentation delivering the higher quality data that scientists need.

Roger Goldsbrough - CEO of Quantum Detectors

Applications for Quantum C100

Quantum Detectors systems are designed with you in mind. We want to help you achieve results, here are some of the applications this system is capable of.

Cryo-EM Single Particle Analysis

Cryo-EM Single Particle Analysis

Single particle analysis is a group of related computerized image processing techniques used to analyze images from transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

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Features of the Quantum C100

Large active area

With excellent DQE and 2K x 2K pixels, the Quantum  C100 detector is designed to produce better data from lower energy microscopes than existing detectors working with higher energy microscopes.

GUI controlled

The Quantum C100 will have a user friendly (but powerful) GUI interface to make data-capture quick and straightforward. The Quantum C100 exports data in an open format so is adaptable for your lab, and aims to work with popular plug-ins.

Fastest camera for Cryo-EM

The Quantum C100 is a fast detector – at speeds of more than 2000 Hz (continuous mode) it is excellent for minimising radiation damage to the sample.

Mounting to new or existing microscopes

The Quantum C100 can be bottom mounted to existing TEMs, or supplied in combination with new TEMs. Contact us for more details.

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