For Raman spectroscopy and photometric applications, Hamamatsu Corp. has introduced the S11500-1007 back-thinned fast Fourier transform CCD. It has a spectral response range from 200 to 1100 nm and features 40% quantum efficiency at 1000 nm. Its enhanced sensitivity in the near-infrared region, which is beneficial for detecting long-wavelength Raman emissions, is made possible by applying proprietary laser processing technology to form a microelectromechanical systems structure on the back of the CCD. The sensor has 1024 x 122 pixels with a pixel size of 24 x 24 μm. With binning, the CCD can be operated as a linear image sensor. The binning operation ensures a higher signal-to-noise ratio and faster signal processing speeds compared to methods that use an external circuit to add signals digitally.