Virtual Events for X-ray Structural and Elemental Analysis

There has never been a better time to learn something new.

Broadcast live from Bruker's YouTube channel once each month, our Live from the Lab streaming series explores X-ray Diffraction, X-ray Microscopy, and Elemental Analysis topics, with advice from applications experts who also answer questions that come in during the show. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you never miss an episode!


Thurs, October 19, 2023 | 9AM CDT

S3 E6: Materials Research Diffraction has Changed

Traditional X-ray diffraction involves the collection of a spectrum from randomly oriented powder samples for phase identification and quantification. Modern research often goes beyond this, measuring bulk effects such as residual stress and texture or the analysis of thin film coatings with X-ray reflectometry and grazing incidence diffraction. Traditionally, these techniques required the use of a floor standing diffractometer, but the D6 PHASER breaks this paradigm by bringing these analyses to a benchtop platform.

In this 3-part series of Live from the Lab we will explore the power, versatility, and accessibility of the D6 PHASER benchtop platform. This episode focuses on versatility, specifically in adapting the D6 PHASER for materials research measurements. We will focus on the universal stage which allows decoupling of the incident and diffracted angle enabling a wide range of materials research applications.

Thurs, November 9, 2023 | 9AM CST

S3 E7: XRM    

Tune in for another informative episode on 3D X-ray Microscopy.














Thurs, December 14, 2023 | 9AM CST

S3 E7: XRF    

Tune in for another informative episode on X-ray Fluorescence.














Season 3 - On Demand

S3 E5: Powder Diffraction has Changed Diffraction has Changed

Power in an X-ray diffraction solution can be measured in many ways. Is there truly no replacement for displacement or does clever optimization result in higher signal? There is no area of XRD where this is more applicable than in X-Ray Powder Diffraction (XRPD). Putting the most flux on the sample, pushing the background to near zero and efficiently detecting the desired signal all play a role in maximizing performance.

In this 3-part series of Live from the Lab we will explore the power, versatility, and accessibility of the D6 PHASER benchtop platform. This episode focuses on power and its application in XRPD experiments. We will weigh the benefits of higher generator power, dynamically optimized beam conditioning, top-class detection and sample geometry to uncover the ideal setup for powder diffraction measurements.


S3 E4: XRD has Changed

Soon after the discovery of X-rays, XRD was developed to investigate the atomic scale world around us. The size and shape of instruments has changed over time, ranging from beamline diffractometers which encompass an entire room to all-in-one benchtops. With this scale of size, came a scale in application and result quality. Recently, the D6 PHASER benchtop XRD platform was released, changing the trajectory of this trend. With a wide range of applications and results which meet or beat floor standing systems, the D6 PHASER has disrupted the XRD community.

In this 3-part series of Live from the Lab we will explore the power, versatility, and accessibility of the D6 PHASER benchtop platform. This episode focuses on accessibility. We will take a close look at the systems architecture and put its ease-of-use to the test.


S3 E3: A Look Inside the Service Center

Minimizing instrument downtime is critical for many industries. In this episode of Live from the Lab, we go behind the scenes at one of Bruker’s global service centers. We'll take a closer look at the many resources available to keep your systems running at peak performance. As always, we will take your questions live at the end of the episode!



S3 E2: Twinning Made Easy with APEX4

When crystal twinning occurs, the twin diffraction pattern is a symmetrical interpenetration of two or more diffraction patterns which can cause severe challenges for structure determination. APEX4 is the most powerful software suite for single crystal diffraction and in this episode of Live from the lab we will showcase APEX4 features that help you tackle twins. As always, we will take your questions live at the end of the episode!


S3 E1: Next Level Nano-Tomography

Nano computed tomography (nano-CT) is an important technique for achieving non-destructive, sub-micron 3D imaging of an object. There are many details that go into the design of a nano-CT platform like SKYSCAN 2214. In this episode of Live from the Lab, we will discuss the new SKYSCAN 2214 CMOS Edition with Geert Vanhoyland, global product manager for X-ray Microscopy at BRUKER. In addition, we will see the importance of balancing resolution and field of view in action. As always, we will take your questions live!

Season 2 - On Demand

S2 E11: Take the Stress Out of Residual Stress Analysis

Whether it is a structural member or a surface coating, residual stress plays an important role in component performance. When subject to a load, a material responds by straining. Before the yield strength is reached, this strain is reversible as it originates from atomic scale effects. Stress can be frozen in a structure through kinetic limitations, resulting in the material having a residual stress. This can be beneficial if properly engineered, causing the material to resist fatigue, but if too much residual stress is present premature part failure can occur. During this episode of Live from the Lab we will be looking to the analysis of residual stress using conventional and 2D X-ray diffraction.


S2 E10: Decoding XRD Data with DIFFRAC.EVA

X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) produces data in the form of a line with peaks of varying size and width. What information can be gleaned from going beyond the wiggly line? In this episode of Live from the Lab, we will use DIFFRAC.EVA to look at both single and multi-scan datasets as well as perform phase identification, semi-quantitative and statistical cluster analysis.






S2 E9: WDXRF - Beyond the Benchtop

The S8 TIGER Series 2 Sequential WDXRF is Bruker's most powerful and flexible XRF instrument. In this episode of Live from the Lab, we'll dive in to how it works, the applications it's used for, and discuss its many benefits and features.





S2 E8: Thin Film Thickness and More with DIFFRAC.XRR

Thin films are often applied to surfaces to modify their properties. They are also used to create next generation sensors and microelectronic devices. As the thickness of films approach nanometer scales, it is important to have a tool for quantifying their thickness. X-ray Reflectometry (XRR) is a method used to quantify the thickness, density and roughness of thin films. In this episode of Live from the Lab we will discuss XRR and see how to analyze measurements in DIFFRAC.XRR.

S2 E7: CMOS Detectors for XRM                                                  

From cameras to microscopes, the imaging sensor is an essential component of the imaging solution. The latest generation, Scientific CMOS (or sCMOS) not only brings a new level of contrast to XRM images through reduced noise, but also significantly speeds up scan times with a larger sensor.

In this episode of Live from the Lab we investigate the differences between CCD and CMOS detectors for XRM and see the performance difference on the SKYSCAN 1272!

S2 E6: Orientation Analysis with DIFFRAC.TEXTURE

The performance of high temperature superalloys used in the blades of jet engines and the flexible molecular chains in a polymer have one important thing in common. The orientation of their microscopic structure dramatically influences their macroscopic properties. In this episode of Live from the Lab we will show how raw data can be analyzed in DIFFRAC.TEXTURE to determine the direction and degree of orientation in materials. 


S2 E5: What is Spark Optical Emission Spectrometry?

Since the commercial introduction of spark emission spectrometry in the early 20th century, this technique has quickly emerged as the workhorse of the metals industry. The complete chemical analysis (elemental composition) of alloys, including light elements such as carbon and nitrogen, is crucial information that determines the quality, price, and performance of the materials. OES is the most powerful technique to deliver this information with high precision, speed, and at low costs. 


S2 E4: What is Single Crystal X-Ray Diffraction?

Detailed insight into the relationship between structure, function, and reactivity is crucial for the success of modern science. Single Crystal X-ray Diffraction (SC-XRD, SXRD, SCD) is one of the most powerful methods for generating this vital information and has thus become an essential tool for new discovery. 




S2 E3: The 2021 Holiday Special

Happy holidays to all of our viewers. For this episode we have prepared a festive holiday treat. Ever wonder what's in that box this holiday season? We have tried shaking, measuring and various forms of espionage...but the contents of holiday gifts are one of the best kept seasonal secrets. Can we beat the system? Bring clarity to the holidays? Give confidence in ensuring gift exchange equivalency? Join us for the excitement of our first ever un-unboxing of the gifts.

S2 E2: 2D X-Ray Diffraction

2D XRD has become an important tool available on many X-ray diffractometers, but is it always the right tool for every job? We are going to go right to the source, one of the developers of modern 2D XRD theory, Bob He, to get his take. In addition we will see how 2D is implemented on a typical multipurpose XRD solution. As always, we will answer your questions at the end of the episode!


S2 E1: An Inside Look at Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices

Whether treating an acute illness or chronic problem, advances in medical technology have resulted in a higher quality of life. As the medications and medical devices that we use become more complex, quality assurance is required to ensure a positive outcome.  In the Season 2 premiere of Live from the Lab, we will explore the use of X-Ray Microscopy (XRM) for non-destructive inspection in these important products.


Season 1 - On Demand

S1 E10: What is the Value of Energy Discrimination for XRD Detectors?

X-ray detector technology has certainly improved in coverage, speed and sensitivity. There is another dimension that is often overlooked but plays a pivotal role in achieving high signal and low background: Energy Discrimination. Advances have led to the ability to electronically remove not only background fluorescence but also K-Beta.

During this episode of Live from the Lab we will discuss the technology that goes into energy discriminating detectors like the LYNXEYE XE-T and see it in action, Live from the Lab.

S1 E9: When Would You Use 0D, 1D and 2D X-ray Diffraction?
Most modern XRD detectors offer 0, 1 and 2 dimensional modes. What does this mean and what is involved in switching from one mode to the next? In the next episode of Live from the Lab we are going to explore the EIGER2 R detector. We will go to the lab and see it in action to see why we would use the different modes and how easy it is to switch.
S1 E8: X-ray Sources for XRD

A fundamental component of any XRD instrument is the X-ray source. Ranging from standard and microfocus sealed tubes to high intensity rotating anodes, X-ray source technology has evolved substantially from the classic Roentgen tube. In this episode we will discuss a variety of source types and the applications where each technology excels.



S1 E7: Features & Benefits of Powerful Benchtop WDXRF System

The S6 JAGUAR benchtop WDXRF extends Bruker’s range of XRF instruments by closing the gap between floor standing WDXRF and benchtop EDXRF instruments.  The main features and benefits of benchtop WDXRF are discussed and explained and the S6 JAGUAR is seen live in action on this episode of Live from the Lab.

S1 E6: What is Combustion/Fusion Analysis?

Light elements such as carbon, sulfur, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen play a crucial role in today's most advanced materials. Have you ever wondered how to do a fast and reliable analysis of these elements in solids?



S1 E5: Perfect Powder Diffraction Data, Automatically?

The basic powder XRD setup is fairly simple with little having changed over the last 100 years. Computer control and advancements in detector technology has started to change the paradigm. Can not just good, rather perfect powder data be collected automatically?

S1 E4: Resolution in XRM

There are many factors in X-ray microscopy that affect the resolution of the resulting 3D model. This includes not only the projection magnification and the pixel size of the detector, but also the size of the source focus and vibration in the system. In this episode of Live from the Lab, we discuss these affects and see what it takes to move from micro- to nano-resolution.

S1 E3: What is IPGID?

What is In-Plane Grazing Incidence Diffraction and what is it used for? During our third episode of Live from the Lab on August 6th, we explored these questions and saw it live in action from our Madison, WI applications lab.



S1 E2: What is XRD?

What is X-ray Diffraction and what is it used for? During our second episode of Live from the Lab on July 9th, we explored these questions and saw it live in action from our Madison, WI applications lab.



S1 E1: What is X-ray Microscopy?

In our premiere episode of Live from the Lab, we explored the basics of X-ray Microscopy with our resident expert, David Sampson. We discussed the fundamentals of this technique, and spent some time in the lab getting a first-hand look at it in action.