Explorer is a multi purpose - Theta/Theta - high resolution diffractometer which, thanks to its direct drive torque motors, offers top performances in many analytical areas, from phase analysis to determination of microstructural properties on bulk or thin film materials. 

Thanks to its modularity and the wide range of accessories and attachments available, EXPLORER allows to perform measurement in different configurations: traditional X-Ray Powder Diffraction (XPD), Reflectometry (XRR), Grazing Incidence X-Ray Diffraction (GIXRD), High Resolution X-Ray Diffraction (HRXRD), Total X-Ray Fluorescence (TXRF), Residual Stress and Texture X-Ray Diffraction. 

The modularity and the flexibility of the GNR X-Ray Explorer allows to start with an entry-level system which can be upgraded to meet new requirements. GNR could supply a wide range of X-ray sources, optics, sample holders, detectors and configurations to satisfy all the analytical needs.

With no limits to its applications, Explorer modular system offers high performances in all analytical areas, ranging from phases quantification of mixtures, to the determination of microstructural properties as residual stress and preferred orientation of crystallites on bulk materials as well as on thin films.



  • Routine Crystalline phase identification and quantification
  • Crystallite size - lattice strain and crystallinity calculation
  • Polymorph screening and crystal structure analysis 
  • Residual Stress and Retained Austenite Quantification 
  • Thin Films, Depth Profiling and non-ambient analysis 
  • Phase Transition monitoring, texture and preferred orientations 


The optics permit switches between Bragg-Brentano, focusing and parallel beam geometry using Johansson or parabolic mirror monochromator.

The high resolution Reflectometry studies can be performed with EXPLORER to characterize layer thickness (from 1 to 500 nm with an accuracy better than 1%), density (with an accuracy better than ± 0.03 g/cm3), surface and interface roughness (from 0 to 5 nm with an accuracy better than ± 0.1 nm).

Measurements at low angles and a thin film attachment for parallel beam geometry allow the study of thin films and multilayers. 

The coupling between a parabolic mirror monochromator and a channel-cut crystal mounted on the incident beam allows to realize a monochromatic parallel beam with high intensity and low divergence, suitable for high resolution measurements.


The SAX and MATCH! Software package allows;

Single peak analysis; peak treatment. Background subtraction, smoothing, deconvolution and peak localization. Structural Analysis, Crystallite Size, Lattice Strain, Reflectometry, Quantitative Analysis, Rietveld refinement, Display and compare multiple diffraction partners, Directly view specific phases/entries, instant usage of additional information, saving of selection criteria, Comfortable definition of background, Improved zooming facilities, Batch processing and Automatics

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