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iKon-XL 230

Andor’s NEW iKon-XL is a TE-cooled, very large area CCD camera platform, accommodating big field of view sensors that are ideally suited to long exposure astronomy applications. Patent-pending ColdSpace™ technology thermoelectrically cools a back-illuminated 16.8 Megapixel sensor (e2v) down to -100 °C, avoiding the requirement for liquid nitrogen or unreliable cryo coolers. The iKon-XL 230 model uses the e2v CCD230-84 back-illuminated sensor, offering a very large 61.4 x 61.4 mm imaging area from a 4096 x 4096 array format and 15 µm pixel size, ideal for applications such as Astronomy or X-ray/Neutron radiography.

  • – 100 °C TE cooled large area sensors
  • NO liquid nitrogen, NO cryo-cooler
  • Extended Dynamic Range (18-bit)
  • e2v CCD230-84 sensor


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Andor’s iKon-XL is a thermoelectrically (TE) cooled, very large area CCD camera platform, accommodating large field of view sensors that are ideally suited to long exposure astronomy applications. Using the unique, patent-pending ColdSpace™ technology, the ultrasensitive iKon-XL is capable of TE cooling a 16.8 Megapixel sensor (e2v back-illuminated) down to -100 °C, avoiding the requirement for liquid nitrogen or unreliable cryo coolers. The iKon-XL also uses an exclusive Extended Dynamic Range technology, facilitating lowest noise and maximum well depth within one scan, complemented by up to 18-bit digitization capability. Flexible connectivity is standard through either USB 3.0 or a long distance direct fibre optic interface.

The iKon-XL 230 model uses the e2v CCD230-84 back-illuminated sensor, offering a very large 61.4 x 61.4 mm imaging area from a 4096 x 4112 array format and 15 µm pixel size

Thermoelectric Cooling to -100°C (Liquid/Water) - Patent-pending ColdSpace™ very large area TE cooling technology avoids need for liquid nitrogen or unreliable cryo coolers. Minimization of darkcurrent to below the zodiacal background.

61.4 x 61.4 mm sensor - Very large field of view from 16.8 Megapixel, 15 µm pixel pitch sensor.

Extended Dynamic Range - Unique method to achieve lowest noise and maximum well depth within one scan. Supplemented by up to 18-bit digitization.

Peak QE over 95% - High photon collection efficiency for maximising SNR.

Low noise readout - Intelligent low-noise electronics offer the most ‘silent’ system noise available from the 230-84 sensor.

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

‘Deep Cooled’ and ‘Compact’ versions - ‘Deep Cooled’ for -100 °C water/liquid (no air cooling). ‘Compact’ for smaller form factor and combined -80 °C water liquid; -60 °C air cooled.

Fibre-optic or USB 3.0 interface flexibility - Built-in robust plug and play interface options as standard. Fibre optic for long distance solution.

Balanced Quad-port readout - Tracking stability to ensure all readout circuits experience same temperature and operating conditions, yielding well balanced quadrants. Optional (software selected) single port readout mode.

Multiple readout speeds, up to 4 MHz - Slower readout for lowest noise, faster speeds for more rapid readout and focusing.

Upgrades/Accessories

XL-SH-STD - Replacement ‘standard’ shutter unit for the iKon-XL. For use between 0°C and +30°C ambient temperatures.

XL-SH-EXT - Replacement ‘extended temperature range’ shutter unit for the iKon-XL. For use between -30°C and +30°C ambient temperatures.

XL-F-CAB-ST-15M - 15 m camera cable with straight attachment for the CCU-500A (iKon-XL Flexi model) If this is ordered it will be provided instead of the standard 5 m cable.

XL-DC-CAB-ST-15M - 15 m camera cable with straight attachment for the CCU-500B (iKon-XL Deep Cooled model) If this is ordered it will be provided instead of the standard 5 m cable.

FIBR-25M - Additional 25 m fibre optic cable, LC-LC patch lead OM2.

FIBR-100M - Additional 100 m fibre optic cable, LC-LC patch lead OM3.

XL-F-TRANS-CASE - Hard shell protective transport case for the iKon-XL Flexi model. Tailored to dimensions of the iKon-XL Flexi model for secure transport to and from observing sites.

XL-DC-TRANS-CASE - Hard shell protective transport case for the iKon-XL Deep Cooled model. Tailored to dimensions of the iKon-XL Deep Cooled model for secure transport to and from observing sites.

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