CCD, EMCCD and sCMOS cameras for imaging

Highly-sensitive, scientific imaging cameras based on CCD, EMCCD or sCMOS sensors from the innovator in camera technology, Andor Technology. Common features are their high-sensitivity in the UV and visible range. Thermo-electric cooling and high-quality AD converters reduce noise to allow application even in extreme low-light conditions.

Our CCD camera section offers high-end cameras for demanding scientific applications. Front and back illuminated CCD sensors with optimized anti-reflection coatings convert more than 90% of the incoming light into a detectable signal. The UltraVac vacuum enclosure of the sensor ensures deep thermoelectric cooling to -100 °C. Read noise is minimized by high quality AD converters with slow scanning read out rates. Classic CCD cameras require a mechanical shutter to avoid image smearing during the read out process.

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For ultra-sensitive imaging applications, Andor Technology offers the EMCCD cameras iXon Ultra 888 (1024 x 1024 x 13 µm pixels) and iXon Ultra 897 (512 x 512 x 16 µm pixels) with USB interface. The EMCCD sensor is placed in a sealed vacuum chamber so that temperatures down to -100 °C are achieved with thermo-electrical cooling.

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The Marana, Sona, Zyla and Neo sCMOS cameras are an advancement of the well-known CMOS technology for scientific applications. Due to their special characteristics, they are suitable for many quantitative measurement problems in physics, astronomy and biology. As all Andor sCMOS cameras have extremely low noise and high sensitivity, they can often yield a better image than EMCCD cameras - even in low light conditions. Due to its vacuum enclosure, the sensors of the Marana, Sona and Neo can be cooled to industry-leading -45 °C and -40 °C, respectively, opening up possibilities for very demanding applications. Beside the typical use for imaging, the Marana and Zyla sCMOS cameras are very suitable for high-speed spectroscopy, especially for multi-track and hyperspectral imaging.

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