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Pixis: 2048 Camera Series

Photonics.com
Aug 2006
Princeton InstrumentsRequest Info
 
TRENTON, N.J., Aug. 9, 2006 -- Princeton Instruments/Acton (PI/Acton) announces the addition of the Pixis: 2048 series of front-and-back illuminated cameras to its Pixis line of CCD cameras.

The cameras are based on e2v technologies CCD 42-40 -2048 x 2048 format sensors with a large 26.7 mm x 26.7 mm imaging area. For the first time, Pixis: 2048 offers deep cooling better than -70 °C cooling (via thermo-electric peltier) with vacuum guaranteed for the entire life of the camera.

"Ultralow read noise and fast readout rate are just some of the features that make this system unique. As expected, the camera is already receiving strong interest from the astronomy and OEM communities," said Ravi Guntupalli, imaging product manager.

pixis.jpgThese new cameras carry the traits of the Pixis line, including: dual 100 kHz/2 MHz digitizers, ultralow read noise of 3e- rms read noise (@100 kHz), all-metal hermitic seals, easy-to-use USB2.0 interface and single optical window design for the best optical throughput. The cameras also have other salient features of the Pixis line, including flexible binning, ROI capabilities and the WinView software package. For integration into complex experiments, a tool kit with LabView examples and PI/Acton's PVCAM library of function calls are available.

The compact Pixis: 2048 is particularly optimized for large-format astronomical imaging. For example, astronomers are particularly sensitive to the smearing caused by the convective air currents around telescope optics. By completely eliminating the internal fan and using the available CoolCUBE liquid circulator to move heat away from the camera, the Pixis: 2048 allows operators to capture crisp images.

For operation from remote control rooms, the camera can be equipped with optional fiber-optic data interface. The camera is supplied with standard interface libraries for both Windows 2000/XP and Linux operating systems.

With very low dark current and read noise, the camera is also capable of detecting ultralow light levels typical in chemi and bioluminescence applications. The large imaging area is also ideal for high-throughput screening, the company said.

For more information, visit: www.piacton.com; e-mail: moreinfo@piacton.com

Princeton Instruments/Acton
3660 Quakerbridge Rd.
Trenton, NJ 08619
Phone: (609) 587-9797
Toll-free: (877) 4-PIACTON
Fax: (609) 587-1970



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GLOSSARY
astronomy
The scientific observation of celestial radiation that has reached the vicinity of Earth, and the interpretation of these observations to determine the characteristics of the extraterrestrial bodies and phenomena that have emitted the radiation.
bioluminescence
Heatless light emissions from living organisms caused by the combination of oxygen and pigments such as luciferin.
camera
A light-tight box that receives light from an object or scene and focuses it to form an image on a light-sensitive material or a detector. The camera generally contains a lens of variable aperture and a shutter of variable speed to precisely control the exposure. In an electronic imaging system, the camera does not use chemical means to store the image, but takes advantage of the sensitivity of various detectors to different bands of the electromagnetic spectrum. These sensors are transducers...
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