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PIXIS CCD cameras - now eXcelon-enabledeXcelon_enabled

Based on Princeton Instruments’ popular deep-cooled PIXIS platform, these new cameras utilize proprietary eXcelon back-illuminated sensor technology to provide significant improvements in sensitivity and fringe suppression. Available in 1340x100, 1340x400, 1340x1300, 512x512, 1024x1024 and 2048x2048 pixel array formats, these eXcelon-enabled cameras offer superior performance for a variety of applications, including astronomical imaging, Raman spectroscopy, Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC) imaging, and solar panel inspection. Learn more about eXcelon technology.

Revolutionary research is performed every day in leading labs around the world using PI's PIXIS imaging systems. This novel design has all the necessary essentials for tackling demanding low light level imaging applications, making its name synonymous with PI's reputation as a global leader in detection system design.

Well recognized as a no-compromise, next-generation camera platform, the PIXIS is engineered for low-light level imaging. Whether your application involves imaging Bose Einstein Condensate or low light fluorescence, PIXIS delivers the highest performance. It is available with all the standard features for your research needs and more. 

The system now supports the world's first high-resolution, back-illuminated, deep-depletion imaging imaging CCD for no-compromise performance in the NIR region (85% peak QE (>70% at 900nm) while reducing troublesome etaloning to negligible levels. For more information concerning this product, read the PIXIS: 1024BR news release.

For large format imaging, the new PIXIS: 2048 offers > 25mm x 25mm imaging area with deep cooling and low read noise. Read the press release.

Features and Benefits

Permanent vacuum with all-metal seals . . . maintenance free, guaranteed for life . . .

The PIXIS is the only scientific CCD camera in the world which provides guaranteed vacuum performance for the entire lifetime of the instrument. Exclusive PI vacuum technology features 100% UHV-grade components in a stainless-steel vacuum chamber hermetically sealed with all-metal seals. High-performance brazing techniques are utilized for the optical-window / vacuum-chamber interface.

Cutting-edge, all-metal vacuum seals and active vacuum maintenance technology (e.g., getter) eliminate outgassing. No epoxies are used which might compromise the vacuum over time.

Permanent vacuum with all-metal seals 

Deepest thermoelectric air-cooling . . . no liquid assistance required . . .

Thanks to our renowned XP cooling technology, PIXIS cameras offer the lowest dark current in the market. The camera achieves deep cooling as low as -80°C using only air. To keep dark current stable, cooling is controlled to within ±0.05°C.

Does away with complicated, bulky chilled water circulators.

New CoolCUBE II liquid circulator . . . an elegant solution for vibration and thermally sensitive environments . . .

Should your experiment require a vibration-free environment or the abscence of thermal air currents (in the case of sensitive optics like telescopes), the system's elegant CoolCUBE II liquid circulator delivers maintenance-free liquid circulation and power to the camera. Learn more about the CoolCUBE II data sheet.

CoolCUBE II


High-speed, USB 2.0 interface . . . seamless plug-and-play interface, even at full 16-bits@2MHz speed . . . no PCI cards . . .


High speed, USB 2.0 interface

The PIXIS offers a high-speed USB 2.0 interface for seamless connectivity with desktops and laptops. The system also delivers true 16-bit data at 2MHz readout speed. For example, 500 spectra/sec is merely standard operation for the PIXIS, while "custom" readout modes push this even further. The PIXIS rids users of cumbersome PCI cards and "claims" of USB2.0 with readout speed restrictions. Convenience and performance without compromise.

Need to operate the camera from remote distance? No problem! Check out our optional fiber optic interface kit that allows operation for up to 500 meters.

Compact design . . . one camera head . . . no external boxes or controllers . . .

The PIXIS system's unrivaled, state-of-the-art technology comes in a single, compact (6.5" x 4.65" diameter) package. Its low-noise electronics and analog-to-digital converters are located close to the CCD directly within the camera head. This use of Primary Point Digitization™ helps the PIXIS achieve the lowest read noise possible, unlike systems that house crucial readout electronics on PCI cards situated in noise-prone environments such as computers. Meticulous care goes into the selection of components as in the overall electronic design of the system. As a result, the PIXIS achieves extraordinarily low read noise, even while running at ultra-high readout speeds.

PIXIS CCD Camera 

Single input window . . . minimal light loss . . .

To minimize light loss caused by reflections at the optical surfaces, the PIXIS utilizes only one vacuum-chamber window in the light path. Also, operators can coat the vacuum window on both sides with AR coating specially optimized for the wavelength of interest (VIS-AR, NIR-AR, UV-AR), which gives the PIXIS the highest throughput of any detector in the market. For broad spectral range from deep UV to NIR, an MgF2 window is also offered.




Proprietary CCDs and UV coatings . . . highest sensitivity and
resolution . . .


Proprietary CCDs and UV coatings Proprietary CCDs and UV coatings


The PIXIS platform supports 1340 x 100 and 1340 x 400 format CCDs which deliver the highest sensitivity possible and >16-bit dynamic range for spectroscopy applications. These proprietary CCDs deliver 30% more resolution than industry standard 1024 pixel devices and are available with front-illuminated, back-illuminated, and deep-depletion technologies. Operators can further enhance UV sensitivity with a PI proprietary CCD coating Unichrome.

Dual-amplifier configuration and independent gain settings . . . 
unmatched versatility . . .

PI's exclusive dual-amplifier configuration (high-capacity or low-noise) enables the PIXIS to be utilized in high-light level absorbance or low-light level Raman applications. Six independent gain settings (e-/ADU) allow operators to fine-tune the camera.

The PIXIS platform supports 2048x2048, 1024 x 1024 and 512 x 512 format devices with front- and back-illuminated technologies for imaging applications. These devices deliver low read noise and large full well for the best imaging performance possible. Back-illuminated 1024 CCDs are available with an enhanced UV process for extreme ultraviolet sensitivity.

The PIXIS: 2048 also supports dual amplifier configuration for optimized performance in either low light level applications or applications requiring high dynamic range (large full well).

512x512 and 1024x1024 square format devices available
 


Provides WinView/WinSpec, LabVIEW™ SITK™ , and PVCAM for Windows/Linux . . . ultimate solution . . .

The PIXIS comes equipped with powerful software for meeting all the challenging demands of your application. Our easy-to-use WinView and WinSpec software packages provide complete control over data acquisition with advanced features such as macro-record and automation.

A software imaging tool kit (SITK™) is available with National Instruments'™ popular LabVIEW™ package for easy integration within complex experiment setups. This SITK offers a full suite of LabVIEW™ VIs for ready programming.

The new PIXIS platform is compatible with all software packages and custom programs written for previous PI cameras.

New: USB2.0 drivers for Linux are now available for the PIXIS and other USB2.0 interface cameras from PI.

Triggering and shutter control with advanced operation at your fingertips . . .

Full triggering (± edge) and shutter control (TTL signals) are available for experiments requiring external synchronization of the PIXIS camera. No breakout boxes are necessary to access the trigger signals. All PIXIS systems have a LEMO® connector on the back panel of the camera head in order to directly drive external shutters (25 mm). PIXIS systems manufactured for imaging applications come complete with an integrated shutter in the nose of the camera head.

Comprehensive system testing... legendary PI performance...

The PIXIS delivers the best photometric performance on the market today thanks to our standard system check procedures prior to delivery.

Wide variety of CCDs and UV coatings... highest sensitivity and resolution...

The PIXIS platform supports 512x512, 1024x1024 and 2048x2048 imaging formats CCDs which deliver the highest sensitivity possible with front-illuminated, back-illuminated, and deep-depletion technologies. Users can further enhance UV sensitivity with a PI proprietary CCD coating Unichrome.

Every camera from PI undergoes thorough testing to ensure it meets or exceeds the specifications quoted. Performance specifications such as read noise, linearity, and full well are measured in each individual system.

Check out our VersArray cameras for large format, low-light level imaging.

PIXIS Datasheets

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