Stable cooling of EMCCD minimizes dark current

AUGUST 25, 2009--The ImagEM-1K (C9100-14) EMCCD camera offers high sensitivity, low noise, and high resolution for low-light-level imaging down to single-photon events.

AUGUST 25, 2009--The ImagEM-1K (C9100-14) EMCCD camera offers high sensitivity, low noise, and high resolution for low-light-level imaging down to single-photon events. The cooled EMCCD camera is suited for a range of imaging applications in biology, materials science, physics, and others. It contains a back-thinned EMCCD chip enclosed in a hermetically sealed vacuum head. The EMCCD has 1024 x 1024 pixels with each pixel measuring 13 µm per side, making the camera appropriate for high-resolution imaging using high-NA lenses. The chip has high EM gain and quantum efficiency greater than 90% at peak wavelengths. The stable cooling of the EMCCD via forced air or water enables reliable and stable gain, minimal dark current, and long life for the chip.
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ImagEM-1K cooled EM-CCD camera
The ImagEM-1K (C9100-14) electron multiplication (EM) CCD camera offers high sensitivity, low noise, and high resolution for low-light-level imaging down to single-photon events. This cooled EM-CCD camera with high resolution is well suited for a broad range of imaging applications in biology, materials science, physics, and other areas.

This high-performance camera contains a back-thinned EM-CCD chip enclosed in a hermetically sealed vacuum head. The EM-CCD has 1024 x 1024 pixels with each pixel measuring 13 µm per side, making the camera well suited to high-resolution imaging using high NA lenses. In addition, the EM-CCD has high EM gain and high quantum efficiency of over 90% at peak wavelengths, qualities which contribute to the camera's high sensitivity. The stable cooling of the EM-CCD via forced air or water means reliable and stable gain, minimal dark current, and long life for the EM-CCD.

To provide flexibility to users, the camera features two readout modes, an EM-CCD and a normal CCD readout. Each readout mode has multiple readout speeds to match frame rates to applications. Frame rates range from 9.5 frames/s to 231 frames/s. The camera also features low readout noise; the relative readout noise is 1 electron under EM-CCD readout. Other features of the camera include real-time image processing, various trigger features, and EM gain features such as gain protection, gain readjustment, and direct EM gain control.

To view full technical specifications, please download the product datasheet from http://sales.hamamatsu.com/hot.

Information on pricing and delivery can be obtained by calling Hamamatsu Corporation at 1-800-524-0504.

About Hamamatsu Corporation
Hamamatsu Corporation is the North American subsidary of Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (Japan), a leading manufacturer of devices for! the generation and measurement of infrared detectors, photoconductive cells, and image sensors. The parent company is dedicated to the advancement of photonics through extensive research. This corporate philosophy results in state-of-the-art products which are used throughout the world in scientific, industrial, and commercial applications.

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