TRENTON, N.J., April 7, 2011 — Princeton Instruments has launched the Pixis-XB series direct detection cameras designed for extremely low flux imaging and spectroscopy applications in the x-ray energy range between ~3 and 20 keV. The cameras feature front- and back-illuminated deep-depletion CCDs with formats from 1340 × 400 to 1340 × 1300 pixels. They provide high sensitivity and a high dynamic range. They can run from a laptop computer with the USB 2.0 interface, and full triggering/shutter control capabilities are incorporated, operating at 100 kHz and 2 MHz. The cameras are suited for medium x-ray applications such as photon correlation spectroscopy, intensity fluctuation spectroscopy, diffraction and lithography. They deliver deep cooling to better than -70 °C, achieved via a thermoelectric Peltier system, in a compact package offering ultrahigh vacuum with all metal seals and ultralow-noise electronics. The instruments are configured with air or liquid cooling, available with the proprietary CoolCube liquid circulator, and are supplied with the WinView/WinSpec software suites. The macro record feature quickly and easily automates complex experiments. The camera line is also supported under LabView, with a suite of ready-to-use virtual instrument modules for full integration. Drivers that support the Linux operating system also are available.