Crypix™ detector

Crypix™ detector
Crypix™ is the versatile detection unit for particle tracking, radiation monitoring and radiation imaging

Key characteristics

  • Versatile

Only one device to fit many projects. Crypix™ detector is the best universal solution for both - detection and tracking of ionizing particles and real time radiation imaging.
  • Easy to use

Crypix™ is ready to use right after unpacking. Simply plug it in via USB, install the software and you are ready to go.

  • Noiseless and high dynamic range

Crypix™ detectors come with a preset minimum energy threshold of 3-5 keV. High quality images are inherently free of dark current and noise.
  • Compact and durable

Small, simple handheld device enclosed in a durable chassis. Detector chip is protected with a shutter to prevent damage caused by manipulation.


  • Real time monitoring

Save precious time and maintain full control over your experiment. Images are taken, transfered and displayed on your PC at a frame rate up to 100 frames per second (fps).



The Crypix™ detector recognizes ionizing particles or photons with energies higher than the preset threshold of 3-5 keV. Not only can you detect a single particle but you can also simply distinguish which particle it is directly from the image.




The Crypix™ detector enables capturing high resolution x-ray or neutron digital radiography directly on your laptop with high resolution resulting from the 55 µm pitch of the detector chip. Color radiagraphy is also available with appropriate imaging software.


Crypix™, background, 20 sec exposure, room temperature CCD, background, 20 sec exposure, -15 °C

Technical parameters

Imaging characteristics
Sensor, chip material Silicon
Pixel size 55 x 55 µm
Image resolution 256 x 256 (65 536) pixels
Sensitive detection area 14.1 x 14,1 mm
Maximum count rate 3.3 x 107 cps/mm2
Energy treshold min. 3-5 keV
Counter depth 13-bit (pseudorandom counter)
Frame rate up to 100 fps
PC interface USB 2.0
Software PIXet, Pixelman
Operating conditions & physical characteristics
Temperature range 0-50 °C
Humidity < 60 % non-condensing
Energy input 400 mA (USB 2.0)
Power consumption 2.5 W
Dimensions (L x W x H) 201 x 71 x 19 mm
Weight 175 g


CRYPIX™ utilises a unique chip architecture based on Medipix2/Timepix technology, which was developed by international collaboration of 17 research institutes and 75 scientists at CERN, Switzerland.

The Medipix2/Timepix ASIC is a high spatial, high contrast resolving CMOS pixel read-out that is coupled with a silicon sensor. Incoming radiation is directly converted into detectable electric signal and further processed by the electronics.

The single chip detector consists of an array of 256 x 256 identical pixel elements sensor with a 55 micron pitch. Each pixel works in a single photon counting mode with a user-defined energy threshold to provide high quality images that are inherently free of dark current and noise.




Modes of operation
Each pixel can be separately calibrated to operate in one of the following modes:
  • Single counting mode

The counter is incremented by 1 count for each particle/photon detected above a user defined threshold. Up to 100 000 cps/px result in maximum of 6.5 billion cps.
  • Time over threshold mode (TOT)

The counter is incremented continuously as long as the signal generated by incident radiation exceeds a defined threshold.
  • Time of arrival mode (TOA)

The counter is incremented continuously from the time the first particle arrives to the end of the shutter (one value per pixel) to provide timing information useful in tracking applications.






  • Astrophysics
  • Particle physics
  • Medical imaging
  • Spectral imaging
  • Particle tracking
  • Electron microscopy
  • Non-destructive testing
  • Mass spectrometry
  • X-ray imaging/tomography
  • *X-ray diffraction
  • *X-ray fluorescence

*The use of X-ray tube based X-Ray Diffraction, X-Ray Fluorescence and Small/Wide Angle X-Ray Scattering techniques is exclusive for PANalytical B.V. products. Please click for more information.