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Cameras for UV to NIR and SWIR Spectroscopy

Spectroscopy-based diagnostics in the fields of Material Science, Chemistry, Life Science or Fundamental Physics & Optics rely on the capture and analysis of optical and chemical signatures with a high degree of precision.

Andor portfolio of CCD, EMCCD, InGaAs, ICCD and sCMOS cameras offer tailored solutions to particular sample or optical phenomena detection and characterisation challenges for Raman, Luminescence/Photoluminescence, Non-Linear or Optical Emission Spectroscopy/LIBS –based experiments.

Spectroscopy detectors adapted to your needs

Andor’s range of detectors offer a wide range of sensitivity, time-resolution and sensor formats to best suit specific experimental conditions from UV to SWIR, nanosecond to hours time resolution, high photon flux to single photon with super dynamic range and resolution. If you are an integrator/OEM please click here.

High Sensitivity & Dynamic Range

  • High sensitivity UV-SWIR
  • Large pixel well depths
  • High resolution matix
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ns to µs
Time-Resolution

  • Nanosecond gating
  • High sensitivity down to single photon
  • On-head DDG with ps accuracy
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kHz Spectral
Rates

  • µs to ms time-resolution
  • High sensitivity down to single photon
  • High resolution matrix
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Extended Multi-fibre Spectroscopy

  • Large area sensors
  • Ultrafast sCMOS and EMCCD options
  • High sensitivity down to single photon
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Applications and Techniques 

Raman Spectroscopy

Raman is a molecular spectroscopy technique that can provides chemical and structural fingerprint information for a wide range of samples, including for example nanomaterials, polymers, powders, liquids or cells/tissues. Key Raman techniques include:

  • Spontaneous and stimulated
  • Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)
  • Surface Offset Raman Spectroscopy (SORS)
  • Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS)
  • Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS)
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Absorption / Transmission / Reflection

Ultraviolet Visible Near-Infra red (UV-Vis-NIR) spectroscopy is useful to characterise the absorption, transmission, and reflectivity of a variety of materials such as pigments, biological, coatings, windows, filters, or analyse the dynamics of chemical reactions. Variations of these spectroscopy techniques include:

  • Transient absorption (pump/probe)
  • Diffuse Reflectance
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OES and LIBS

Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES) is a fundamental, non-invasive diagnostic technique for a wide range of plasma, and can provide information such as composition and species temperature and energy distribution.

Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is used to determine the elemental composition of various solids, liquids and gases. A high power laser pulse is focused on to a sample to create a plasma. Emission from the atoms and ions in the plasma is collected and analysed by a spectrograph and gated detector to determine the elemental composition or the elemental concentrations in the sample.

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Microspectroscopy

Micro-spectroscopy covers a very wide range of spectroscopy modalities with the common character that the spectroscopic measurement is made on the microscopic scale. Andor spectroscopy systems are routinely used for Raman-based techniques including:

  • Micro- Raman and Fluorescence/Photoluminescence
  • Diffuse Scattering micro-spectroscopy
  • Multiphoton micro-spectroscopy
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Non-Linear Spectroscopy

Non-linear (NL) spectroscopy encompasses a number of optical techniques that can be used to study for example interfacial and surface processes, ultrafast dynamic processes (pump-probe technique), light transport or assist in the understanding of nanoparticles/nanostructures unique optical properties. Key techniques include:

  • Second harmonic generation (SHG) spectroscopy
  • Sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy
  • Pump-probe transient absorption
  • Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS)
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Material Science

Optical spectroscopy can provide analytical information on materials from the micro to the nano-scale, through a number of techniques with a large range of sensitivity, resolution and flexibility requirements. Examples include:

  • Single/multi-walls carbon nanotubes
  • Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs)
  • Quantum dots (QDs)
  • Nanowires
  • Organic LEDs (OLEDs)
  • Thin film solar cells
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Chemical Processes

Optical spectroscopy can be used to non-invasively study the changes in the composition of chemical(s) or material(s).

Chemical reaction products or transient behaviours can be probed by Andor Spectroscopy systems through a variety of techniques based on Raman, transient absorption / pump-probe or fluorescence.

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Biomedical

Optical spectroscopy can provide very specific analytical information in a non-invasive matter for a range of bio-samples, often as a complement to microscopy imaging (micro-spectroscopy) or visual inspection.

Field of applications include for example cancer cell in vivo and ex vivo screening and cancer diagnostics, non-invasive monitoring of patient bio-parameters or cell sorting.

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Plasma Studies

Plasmas can be artificially produced by different means (e.g. laser ablation, coupling of capacitive / inductive power source to ionised gas). The understanding of their properties and dynamics is relevant to a number fields such as fusion, thin films deposition, micro-electronics, material characterization, display systems, surface treatment, fundamental physics, environmental & health.

Gated detectors can be used to determine optical parameters from which fundamental plasma properties can be derived. Accurate nanosecond-scale gating of image intensifier-based detectors can be used to sample plasma dynamics, or to isolate the useful plasma information generated by pulsed lasers.

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Need help to select the right platform?

Experimental requirements defined by sensitivity/photon flux, wavelength range, acquisition rates, time resolution, spectral and spatial resolution will drive the choice of particular sensor technology over an other. CCD, EMCCD, InGaAs, ICCDs or sCMOS each feature unique attributes. Learn more about each technology here.

Select from the options below to find the detector platform(s) that best meet(s) your needs.

High sensitivity & dynamic range portfolio at a glance...

  iDus CCD Newton CCD Newton EM iDus InGaAs-1.7 iDus IngaAs-2.2
Matrix size (pixels) 1024 x 128
1024 x 256
2046 x 256
1024 x 256
2048 x 512
1600 x 200
1600 x 400
512 x 1
1024 x 1
512 x 1
1024 x 1
Pixel size (µm) 26 or 15 26 or 13.5 16 25 or 50 25 or 50
Peak QE 95% (VIS or NIR) 95% (VIS or NIR) 95% (VIS) 85% 70%
Min. Cooling (°C) -100 (with UltraVac™) -100 (with UltraVac™) -100 (with UltraVac™) -90 (with UltraVac™) -90 (with UltraVac™)
Min. dark current (e-/pix/s) 0.0004 0.0001 0.00007 10,700 5,000,000
Min. read noise (e-) 3 2.5 <1 (with EM gain) 580 580
Max. register well depth (e-) 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,300,000 170,000,000 170,000,000
Max. spectral rate (sps) 88 1,612 1,515 193 193
Low NIR etaloning option Yes (*) Yes (*) No n/a n/a
Best suited for • Low UV-NIR photon flux
• Large dynamic range
• Low UV-NIR photon flux
• Fast spectral rates
• Multi-fibre acquisition
• Very low VIS photon flux
• Fast spectral rates
• Multi-fibre acquisition
• Low photon flux & high dynamic range in 1-1.7 µm spectral range • Low photon flux & high dynamic range in 1.7-2.2 µm spectral range
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(*) Front-illuminated versions have “zero” etaloning, back-illuminated versions with anti-fringing have “low” level of etaloning

ns to µs Time-Resolution portfolio at a glance...

  iStar Intensified CCD iStar Intensified sCMOS
Matrix size (pixels) 1024 x 256
2048 x 512
2560 x 2160
Pixel size (µm) 26 and 13.5 6.5
Peak QE 25% (Gen 2)
48% (Gen 3)
Min. gating speed < 2 ns
Min. read noise (e-) <1 (with MCP gain)
Max. spectral rate (sps) 3,571 4,008
Min. Cooling (°C) -40 0
Min. dark current (e-/pix/s) 0.1 0.18
Max. register well depth (e-) 1,000,000 30,000 (pixel)
Best suited for • Broadband, ns-µs gated spectra
• High dynamic range [low spectral rates]
• Multi-fibre acquisition
• Narrowband, ns-µs gated spectra
• Fastest spectral rates
• High dynamic range [high spectral rates]
• Fast multi-fibre acquisition
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kHz spectral rates portfolio at a glance...

  Newton CCD Newton EMCCD iXon EMCCD Zyla sCMOS Marana sCMOS
Matrix size (pixels) 1024 x 256
2048 x 512
1600 x 200
1600 x 400
512 x 512
1024 x 1024
2560 x 2160
2048 x 2048
2048 x 2048
Pixel size (µm) 26 or 13.5 16 13 or 16 6.5 6.5 or 11
Peak QE 95% (VIS or NIR) 95% (VIS) 95% (VIS) 60% or 82% 95% (VIS)
Min. Cooling (°C) -100 (with UltraVac™) -100 (with UltraVac™) -100 (with UltraVac™) -10 -45 (with UltraVac™)
Min. dark current (e-/pix/s) 0.0001 0.00007 0.00011 0.019 0.1
Min. read noise (e-) 2.5 <1 (with EM gain) <1 (with EM gain) 0.9 1.2
Max. register well depth (e-) 1,000,000 1,300,000 800,000 30,000 (pixel) 85,000 (pixel)
Max. spectral rate (sps) 1,612 1,515 11,074 27,057 24,367
Low NIR etaloning option Yes (*) No No Yes (*) No
Best suited for • Low UV-NIR photon flux
• Fast spectral rates and fast kinetics mode (µs resolution)
• Broadband spectra
• Very low VIS photon flux
• Fast spectral rates and fast kinetics mode (µs resolution)
• Broadband spectra
• Very low VIS photon flux
• Faster spectral rates and fast kinetics mode (µs resolution)
• Narrowband spectra
• Low VIS-NIR photon flux
• Fastest spectral rates
• Narrowband spectra
• Low UV-VIS photon flux
• Fastest spectral rates
• Narrowband / Broadband spectra
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(*) Front-illuminated versions have “zero” etaloning, back-illuminated versions with anti-fringing have “low” level of etaloning

Extended multi-fibre spectroscopy portfolio at a glance...

  iKon-M iXon EMCCD Zyla sCMOS Neo sCMOS Marana sCMOS iStar 334T iStar sCMOS
Matrix size (pixels) 1024 x 1024 512 x 512
1024 x 1024
2560 x 2160
2048 x 2048
2560 x 2160 2048 x 2048 1024 x 1024 2560 x 2160
Pixel size (µm) 13 13 or 16 6.5 6.5 6.5 or 11 13 6.5
Peak QE 95% (VIS or NIR) 95% (VIS) 60% or 82% 60% 95% (VIS) 25% (Gen 2)
48% (Gen 3)
Min. Cooling (°C) -100 -100 -10 -40 -45 -40 0
Min. dark current (e-/pix/s) 0.00012 0.00011 0.019 0.01 0.1 0.04 0.18
Min. read noise (e-) 2.9 <1 (with EM gain) 0.9 1 1.2 <1 (with MCP gain)
Max. register well depth (e-) 150,000 800,000 30,000 (pixel) 30,000 (pixel) 85,000 (pixel) 1,000,000 30,000 (pixel)
Max. full image rate (fps) 4.4 26 or 56 100 100 74 4.2 50
Shuttering Mechanism Mechanical Shutter Frame Transfer Electronic Shutter Electronic Shutter Electronic Shutter Image Intensifier < 2 ns
Low NIR etaloning option Yes (*) No Yes (*) Yes (*) No n/a n/a
Best suited for • Low UV-NIR photon flux
• Fast spectral rates and fast kinetics mode (µs resolution)
• Broadband spectra
• Very low VIS photon flux
• Fast spectral rates and fast kinetics mode (µs resolution)
• Broadband spectra
• Very low VIS photon flux
• Faster spectral rates and fast kinetics mode (µs resolution)
• Narrowband spectra
• Low VIS-NIR photon flux
• Fastest spectral rates
• Narrowband spectra
• Low UV-VIS photon flux
• Fastest spectral rates
• Narrowband / Broadband spectra
• Low UV-VIS photon flux
• Fastest spectral rates
• Narrowband / Broadband spectra
• Low UV-VIS photon flux
• Fastest spectral rates
• Narrowband / Broadband spectra
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(*) Front-illuminated versions have “zero” etaloning, back-illuminated versions with anti-fringing have “low” level of etaloning

Spectroscopy Systems and Accessories

Complete your spectroscopy system with Andor’s range of modular spectrograph portfolio, or tailor your camera to best suit your specific application.

Window Options for Cameras

  • Tailored window options to further optimise detection capabilities for a particular wavelength range
  • Wedged options to minimise reflections and etaloning in the NIR
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Spectrographs and Accessories

  • High modularity, high resolution and high throughput Kymera and Shamrock
  • Large simultaneous bandpass, high resolution Mechelle
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Resolution Calculator

  • Calculate the spectral resolution, bandpass and dispersion values for any Andor spectrograph and detector.
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Spectroscopy Software Solutions

Solis Acquisition Software - A 32-bit and fully 64-bit enabled application for Windows (Vista, 7 and 8) offering rich functionality for data acquisition and processing, as well as Andor cameras, spectrograph and motorized accessories simultaneous control.

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Software Development Kit - A SDK that allows you to control the Andor range of Shamrock spectrographs from your own application. Compatible as 32 bit libraries for Windows (Vista, 7 and 8). Compatible with C/C++, C#, VB6 and LabVIEW and Linux

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µ-Manager for Micro-spectroscopy - Integrated modular micro-spectroscopy setup control popular with the Life Science community. All market leading motorized microscope and accessories seamlessly controlled and maintained. Integrated sequence builder & macro interfaces for complex experiments building.

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Learning Centre Resources

Customer Publications

Author Title Year
Marco Marchetti et al  Custom Multiphoton/Raman Microscopy Setup for Imaging and Characterization of Biological Samples 2020
Chung Hao Huang et al Early diagnosis and management of nitrogen deficiency in plants utilizing Raman spectroscopy 2020
Sergey M. Novikov et al Fractal Shaped Periodic Metal Nanostructures Atop Dielectric-Metal Substrates for SERS Applications 2020
Han Li et al Separation of Specific Single-Enantiomer Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes in the Large-Diameter Regime 2020
Farhan Ahmad et al Low-Temperature CO2 Methanation: Synergistic Effects in Plasma-Ni Hybrid Catalytic System 2020
Sebastian Burhenn et al Influences of voltage shape and discharge gas on the temporally and spatially resolved emission characteristics... 2020
A.Dal Fovo et al Safe limits for the application of nonlinear optical microscopies to cultural heritage: A new method for in-situ... 2020
Sebastian W. Schmitt et al Direct measurement and analytical description of the mode alignment in inversely tapered silicon nano-resonators 2020
David Vogt et al Custom Setup for LIBS Plasma Imaging in simulated Martian Conditions 2020
Zuoyue Liu et al Hard X-ray excited optical luminescence from protein-directed Au∼ 20 clusters 2020
Ahlam A.Al Shuaili et al Improvement of palladium limit of detection by microwave-assisted laser induced breakdown spectroscopy 2020
Jiaming Li et al Evaluation of the self-absorption reduction of minor elements in laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy assisted... 2020
Shan Liu et al Raman spectroscopy and phase stability of λ-N2 2020
Gombojav O. Ariunbold et al Quantitative time-resolved buildup in three-color coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering 2020
Chih-Feng Wang et al Suppressing Molecular Charging, Nanochemistry, and Optical Rectification in the Tip-Enhanced Raman Geometry 2020
Nicolas Ubrig et al Design of van der Waals interfaces for broad-spectrum optoelectronics 2020
Shixiang Ma et al The pH effect on the detection of heavy metals in wastewater by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy... 2020
V. Rezaie Kahkhaie et al Enhanced Raman intensity of pollutants and explosives by using 2-mercaptoethanol controlled pyramid Ag–iron... 2020
Michelle Bailey et al Brillouin microspectroscopy data of tissue-mimicking gelatin hydrogels 2020
Marco Lai et al Automated classification of brain tissue: comparison between hyperspectral imaging and diffuse reflectance... 2020