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  • PI-MAX 3
Oct 2009
Princeton InstrumentsRequest Info
Intensified CCD Cameras
TRENTON, N.J., Oct. 13, 2009 – Princeton Instruments has launched the PI-MAX 3, an intensified CCD (ICCD) camera that meets researchers’ continually evolving requirements for sensitivity, speed and control in time-resolved imaging and spectroscopy applications. It offers readout ranging from video rates at full 1 k × 1 k resolution to thousands of frames per second for capturing dynamics. Its sustained gating repetition rate is 1 MHz, enabling it to keep up with the ever increasing repetition rates of pulsed and modulated lasers.

PIMAX_3_camera.jpgThe fully integrated and low-noise camera is suitable for use in fluorescence lifetime imaging measurements, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, pulsed Raman spectroscopy, nanotechnology studies and plasma diagnostics.

Its built-in SuperSynchro timing generator facilitates setting up complex time-resolved imaging experiments. Researchers can use it to store a sequence of gate delays and widths and execute them quickly to generate time vs. intensity data with just a few clicks of a mouse. The timing generator also provides insertion delay of <27 ns.

SyncMaster technology helps reduce lab clutter by eliminating the need for an external timing generator. It allows the camera to output two continuously running pulse trains to trigger pulsed lasers without interruption, or to trigger Q-switched flashlamp lasers or double-pulse lasers separately. Because the camera’s programmable gate widths and delays are generated from the same master clock, the resultant jitter is low. The latest Gigabit Ethernet interface allows the camera to be operated from distances greater than 50 m away, important for applications such as combustion and plasma studies in which the camera must be kept at a safe distance from host computers.

The camera can be configured with either a 1024 × 1024-pixel interline-transfer CCD or a 1024 × 256-pixel full-frame CCD. Gen II, Gen III filmless and proprietary Unigen II intensifiers are available to provide high sensitivity from the deep-UV to the near-IR. The windowless design results in maximum light throughput.

Features include photocathode cooling for ultralow-light or single-photon imaging, and special readout modes for single-shot measurements and particle imaging velocimetry applications.

For more information, visit  

Princeton Instruments
3660 Quakerbridge Road
Trenton, NJ 08619
Phone: (609) 587-9797
Fax: (609) 587-1970


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