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.
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.
The 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 demanding measurement problems in physics and biology. As the Zyla and Neo 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 sensor of the Neo can be cooled to -40 °C opening up possibilities for demanding applications in physics and biology. Beside the typical use for imaging, the Zyla and Neo sCMOS cameras are also suitable for spectroscopy, especially for multi-track and imaging spectroscopy.