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Astronomical Observations with CCD, sCMOS and EMCCD Cameras

In this webinar, Astronomy Application Specialist Dr Ines Juvan-Beaulieu is going to present Andor’s high performance camera portfolio for Astronomy. The key characteristics of Andor’s CCD, sCMOS and EMCCD cameras will be highlighted. Furthermore, their performance using examples of on-going astronomy projects from around the globe will be discussed.

Andor’s robust and hassle-free ‘off-the-shelf’ detector solutions are in high demand especially within the astronomical community (e.g., for observations of exoplanets, solar system objects, the Sun, transient phenomena and speckle imaging). This is due to, for example, the cameras low maintenance and exceptional longevity in remote observing locations. Furthermore, Andor offers low noise and back-illuminated detectors yielding high quantum efficiency across a broad wavelength range, ideal for astrophysical research in the low photon count regime.

We will also highlight the features of Andor’s NEW large area sCMOS camera called “Balor”, which is a 16.9 Megapixel, 70mm sensor with fast ultra-low noise readout (2500x faster than a low noise 4k x 4k CCD readout). Balor is the perfect detector solution for large sky surveys that measure variability in the sky across timescales ranging from milliseconds to tens of seconds.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about Andor’s high performance cameras for Astronomy
  • Understand advantages of various detector technologies (i.e., CCD, sCMOS, EMCCD) for specific astronomical applications
  • Gain insight into application examples covering different astronomical research areas

Astronomical Observations - Overview

Q&A Session Summary

Author: Dr Ines Juvan-Beaulieu

Category: Webinar

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