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iDus 420

The scientific grade, 1024 x 255 high speed spectroscopy CCD camera is ideally suited to rapid analysis, multi-channel and low-light applications including fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy. The 420’s range of Front (Open Electrode) and Back Illuminated and Deep Depletion sensor options provide optimised performance from UV through Visible to Near IR.

  • Peak QE of 95%
  • TE cooling to -100°C
  • UltraVac™
  • Single window design
  • 26 x 26 μm pixel size


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The USB2.0-based iDus series is a compact, yet feature-rich platform suitable for demanding spectroscopy applications such as low-light UV/NIR Photoluminence or Raman spectroscopy, as well as day-to-day routine laboratory operation and integration into industry-grade systems.

The iDus 420 boasts market-leading deep thermo-electric cooling to -100°C, complemented by Andor’s UltravacTM technology with its un-matched reliability track record in the scientific and industrial community. The iDus low-noise electronics allows seamless access to the best signal-to-noise ratio performance for the widest range of photon detection regimes.

This 1024 x 255 pixel matrix boasts a range of far UV and VIS-optimized back-thinned sensors & NIR-optimized back-illuminated (‘fringe-suppressed’) sensor options. Its, 26 x 26 μm pixel size is optimized for high dynamic range and high resolution, while its 6.6 mm height is ideally suited to multi-track spectroscopy.

Peak QE of 95% - Visible-optimized ‘BV/BVF’, infrared-optimized ‘BR-DD’ and broadband UV-NIR ‘BEX2-DD’ model

Fringe suppression technology as standard (BVF and BR-DD models) - Fringing greatly reduced (Deep-Depletion) or minimized (Back-Thinned ‘BVF’)

Extended range dual-AR option - Superior UV-NIR broadband QE

TE cooling to -100°C - Critical for elimination of dark current detection limit - no inconvenience associated with LN2

UltraVac™ - Critical for sustained vacuum integrity and to maintain unequalled cooling and QE performance, year after year

Single UV-grade fused silica window - Best UV-NIR throughput performance, specific AR coating and wedge options available

USB 2.0 connection - Ideal for laptop operation. Seamless operation alongside USB-based Shamrock spectrograph family

26 x 26 μm pixel size - Optimized pixel format for high dynamic range and resolution

Software selectable Pre-Amplifier Gain - Choice of best SNR performance of dynamic range at the touch of a button

Compact and rugged platform - Ideal for OEM integration & laboratory setups

Solis software for Spectroscopy - Comprehensive, user-friendly interface for simultaneous detector & spectrograph control

Software Development Kit (SDK) - Ease of control integration into complex setups: Matlab, Labview, Visual Basic or C/C++

Upgrades/Accessories

XW-RECR - Coolant re-circulator for enhanced cooling performance 

ACC-XW-CHIL-160 - Oasis 160 Ultra Compact Chiller Unit (tubing to be ordered separately) 

ACC-6MM-TUBING-2xxxxM - 6 mm tubing option for ACC-XW-CHIL-16 

LM-C - C-mount lens adaptor 

LM-NIKON-F - F-mount lens adaptor 

LMS-NIKON-F-NS25B - Nikon F-mount lens adaptor with shutter 

ACC-SD-VDM1000 - Shutter Driver for NS25B Bistable Shutter (not needed for Shamrock spectrographs) 

ACC-SHT-NS25B - Bistable Shutter, Standalone (not needed for Shamrock spectrographs) 

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