Software recalibrates EMCCD cameras in-house

DECEMBER 5, 2008--The latest version of EMCAL, a software method of EM gain self-recalibration for iXonEM+ cameras, circumvents the need to return back-illuminated EMCCD cameras to the factory for recalibration.

Dec 5th, 2008

DECEMBER 5, 2008--The latest version of EMCAL, a software method of EM gain self-recalibration for iXonEM+ cameras, circumvents the need to return back-illuminated EMCCD cameras to the factory for recalibration. A routine is triggered that measures EM gain and uses the iXonEM+ built-in temperature compensated linear gain scales to reset the EM gain calibration (if required) and deliver the true values requested on the software scale. The software is available for download directly from the company's web site.
Andor Technology
Belfast, UK
www.andor.com

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PRESS RELEASE

Innovative new method to fight EMCCD gain ageing

Andor releases EMCAL v2.0, a unique, patented method of EMCCD recalibration

Belfast, Northern Ireland, 16 July 2008 - Today Andor Technology PLC (Andor) announces the launch its latest EMCAL version, a unique and patented software method of EM gain self-recalibration for its pioneering iXonEM+ range of cameras. Even after exercising due care during usage, the EM gain of back-illuminated EMCCDs (by any manufacturer) will deplete over time, the rate dependent on extent of gain applied and on typical signal intensity incident on the detector.

Andor's EMCAL v2.0 self-recalibration process, downloadable direct from Andor's website, is very easily initiated by the user. At the touch of a button, a routine is triggered that measures EM gain and uses the iXonEM+ in-built temperature compensated linear gain scales to reset the EM gain calibration (if required), to deliver the true values requested on the software scale. EMCAL markedly enhances the day-to-day quantitative reliability of the technology, and circumvents the need to
return back-illuminated EMCCD cameras to the factory for recalibration.

Dr Colin Coates, Market Development Manager at Andor, said "The fact that the EMCAL calibration check is an on-site process, requires little effort and can be applied regularly, means that users of Andor's back-illuminated EMCCDs will not have to feel restricted by the EM gain ageing phenomenon. EMCAL offers great peace of mind to multi-user imaging facilities and laboratories in particular."

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