Introduction to Intensified Gated CCD Cameras (ICCDs)
The ability of ICCDs to detect extremely low photon fluxes, as well as isolate and sample in time short-lived or fast transient phenomena on the nanosecond scale benefit a number of imaging and spectroscopic diagnostics. These scientific areas include Plasma Science (Optical Emission Spectroscopy, Thomson Scattering), Combustion and Fluid Dynamics (Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence, Chemiluminescence, PIV), Material Science (Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, Laser-Induced Fluorescence, gated Raman Spectroscopy) or Biology (Fluorescence lifetime measurement).
This webinar will look at the main elements and attributes of the critical device used in ICCDs – an image intensifier or “tube”, discuss the concepts of fast gating and timing, as well as highlight key sources of noise impacting sensitivity and dynamic range in ICCDs.
Learn about image intensifiers key components and their function, and how these influence ICCD detection performance.
Learn about the concepts of gating and signal amplification in relation to scientific applications.
Understand the basics of Sensitivity and Signal-to-Noise performance, as well as the difference between sCMOS-based and CCD-based ICCDs in the context of Dynamic Range.