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Cameras for X-Ray, EUV, Electron and Neutron Detection

Andor’s portfolio of CCD, sCMOS and EMCCD cameras provide a wide range of high sensitivity, high dynamic range and fast detection solutions for table-top laboratory and beamline experiments. These detectors benefit especially applications in the field of EUV, X-ray, neutron or electron detection for material science, plasma studies, bio-samples analysis or beam/source characterisation.

NEW Marana-X – High Speed, Direct X-ray Detection Back-illuminated sCMOS

  • 4.2 Megapixels, 6.5 µm pixel size, 74 fps (full array)
  • 95% QE and low noise vacuum cooled
  • Ideal for X-ray water window tomographic and in-situ imaging & EUV spectroscopy
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X-Ray, Electron & Neutron Detection cameras adapted to your needs

Andor offers a comprehensive portfolio of open fronted direct X-ray detection cameras (SO), also available with Berylium windows (SY) in stand alone formats with Andor’s patented UltraVac™ technology. Andor also offers high throughput fibreoptic and lens coupled indirect detection solutions to meet every need.

Open-Front (‘SO’) & Standalone (‘SY’)
  • Spectroscopy & imaging formats
  • High VUV/EUV/XUV sensitivity
  • Large FOV up to 61.4 x 61.7 mm
  • Deep TE-cooling to -100°C
  • UHV compatibility
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Fibre-optic coupling (‘HF’)
  • Up to 100 frames/s
  • Large FOV up to 27.6 x 27.6 mm
  • Up to 95% QE at 550 nm
  • High throughput FOP
  • Modular scintillator options
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Lens-coupling
  • Up to 100 frames/s
  • Large FOV up to 61.4 x 61.7 mm
  • Up to 95% QE @ 550 nm
  • Deep TE-cooling to -100°C
  • High dynamic range
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Need help to select the right platform?

Select from the options below to find the detector platform that best meets your needs.

Direct Detection - Soft X-Ray

Spectroscopy
Imaging
 

Spectral Rate

 

Pixel well depth

 

Simultaneous bandpass

Indirect Detection - Fiber Coupling

Spectroscopy
Imaging

Newton 920 HF (*)

 
 
 

Newton 940 HF (*)

 
 
 

iKon-M HF (*)

 
 
 
 

Spectral Rate

 

Pixel well depth

 

Simultaneous bandpass

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Indirect Detection - Lens Coupling

Spectroscopy
Imaging
 

Spectral rate

 

Pixel well depth

 

Simultaneous bandpass

Studying Particles from X-Ray to Neutrons and Electrons

Biology & Life Science
Spectroscopy
Imaging & Tomography
Materials Study
Energy & Engineering

Biology & Life Science

By exploiting the power of the water window region of the electromagnetic spectrum in which water is transparent to X-rays 282 eV (carbon K-edge) – 533 eV (oxygen K-edge) it is possible to study organic species in vivo cryogenically suspended to preserve their natural shape and structure. X-rays offer a unique non-destructive, in situ and in operando diagnostic technique to study the structure and biology of organic samples without the degradation often seen in electron microscopy techniques.

The advent of higher repetition rate lasers for high harmonic generation, synchrotron source upgrades and the development X-ray free electron lasers is enabling brighter and higher repetition soft X-ray sources for the characterisation of organic species. Andor’s market leading sCMOS Marana-X camera combines the exceptional speed of sCMOS technology with low noise, high dynamic range readout with unparalleled quantum efficiency to meet the increasingly demanding imaging requirements driven by these technological advances. Furthermore, Andor’s open front iKon CCD range also offers extremely low dark current, high dynamic range and low noise readout for flux starved environments.

Imaging & Tomography
Materials Study
Energy & Engineering
Biology & Life Science

Imaging & Tomography

Neutron imaging is a technique typically used to analyse samples containing low- atomic number elements that provide best neutron attenuation characteristics (through absorption, scatter), e.g. Hydrogen, Nitrogen or Lithium. It is a complementary technique to X-ray imaging which relies on different interaction mechanisms with matter.

Neutron computed tomographic (CT) reconstructions are obtained from a series of two-dimensional images  (cross sections) of the samples taken at different angles. These 2D projections can be combined through software computation to build a three-dimensional view of the inside of the sample.

These non-destructive techniques can be used to study hydrogenous fluid dynamics or fluid distribution (e.g. water) in metal objects, corrosion processes, complex archaeological artefacts or geological samples inner structures. They can also be used for quality control of engineering systems (e.g. combustion engines, Li-ion batteries, fuel cells), to discriminate isotopes of the same element or to study water transport in biological materials (e.g. plants).

Neutron images are typically acquired using a scintillator (generally made of Lithium-based materials (e.g. LiF(ZnS) or plastic)), lens – coupled to a CCD or sCMOS detector. Andor’s unique Balor-X sCMOS camera offers unparalleled rapid 54 FPS full frame readout, 16 megapixel camera, with low noise and high dynamic range readout. Andor’s iKon-L and iKon-XL CCDs provide simultaneously large field of view, high dynamic range and low dark current, while Neo or Zyla sCMOS offers simultaneously fast acquisition rates and high dynamic range. If high time resolution is required Andor’s iStar sCMOS offers unparalleled frame rates with nanosecond gating capabilities.

Camera Accessories

Adaptable to large range of setups, high configurability, in-field upgradeable

Vacuum Flange Interfaces

  • CF/ICF standard configurations
  • ISO-K or –F options
  • Vacuum chamber-to-standalone cameras accessories
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Scintillators

  • CsI:Tl for high throughput option
  • LuAG:CE or YAG:Ce high resolution option
  • Custom scintillator & fibreoptics options available on demand
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Third Party Spectrometers

  • McPhersson deep-UV to VUV or soft X-ray & EUV spectrometers
  • H+P slit-less, high throughput XUV spectrometers

Software for X-Ray, Electron and Neutron Detection Cameras

Solis Acquisition Software - A 32-bit and fully 64-bit enabled application for Windows (7, 8, 8.1 and 10) offering rich functionality for data acquisition and processing. 

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Software Development Kit - Compatible as 32-bit and 64-bit libraries for Windows (7, 8, 8.1 and 10). Compatible with C/C++, C#, VB.NET, Matlab and LabVIEW for Windows/Linux

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Third party Open Source platforms - EPICS and TANGO-LIMA are Open Source software platforms used for hardware control at a number of particle accelerators and large scientific instruments facilities worldwide. Supported Andor camera include CCDs and sCMOS on SDK2 / SDK3, Windows and/or Linux. Please refer to the links below for further information:

Customer Special Request 

The CSR service is at the heart of the Andor ethos of offering high performance, high quality products and solution developments for each and every customer. Andor provide a bespoke service, whereby a dedicated, highly experienced team of engineers and application specialists provide customer specific solutions.

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4 Megapixel, deep-cooled CCD with protruding sensor (90 degrees tilt), integrated on Diamond Light source new I21 beamline

iKon-L

2:1 de-magnifying taper for increased field of view and fast frame rates

Zyla sCMOS HF

16 Megapixel, deep-cooled CCD with with protruding sensor (60 degrees tilt), integrated at KIT-ANKA light source for soft X-ray spectroscopy

iKon-XL

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Learning Resources

The Learning Centre hosts a wide range of technical articles and webinars on various applications and techniques. Below are some key articles that are related to cameras for x-ray, euv, electron and neutron detection for further reading: