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Imaging & Spectroscopy Cameras


A faster, smarter ICCD camera

The new PI-MAX3 is a ground-up design that advances the intensified camera technology to the next level. As the newest addition to Princeton Instruments’ acclaimed ICCD camera line, it is a culmination of years of experience in designing gated camera technology and application knowledge.

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PIMAX 3 is available in 1Kx1K (PI-MAX3: 1024i) and 1024x256 (PI-MAX3: 1024x256) formats, ideal for time-resolved imaging and spectroscopy applications. It boasts innovations ranging from faster gating, to smarter control, to setup and execute challenging experiments easily right out of the box.


Below are just a few innovations of new Faster and Smarter PI-MAX3. To learn more, download thet 50-page PI-MAX3 brochure today.

Time resolved Imaging and Spectroscopy


Video frame rates and higher

PI-MAX3: 1024i Camera achieves close to video frame rates (even at full 1k x 1k resolution). With ROI and binning, the cameras can achieve hundreds even thousands of spectra per second can be acquired while in spectroscopy mode; ability to capture a gated image or spectrum for every pulse of a high-repetition-rate laser. In contrast, slower frame rate ICCD cameras does not allow full synchronization with such pulsed lasers by using only a fraction of the pulses emitted.

PI-MAX3: 1024x256 which is designed specifically for spectroscopy also offers twice the readout speed of previous generation ICCD cameras.



PI-MAX3 boasts the SuperHV – the latest in High-voltage gating technology that powers intensifier and turns it on and off in response to programmed delays and widths. It is capable of 1MHz sustained repetition rate, which is 20x improvement over previous generation ICCD cameras. Now it is possible


DIF™ (Double Image Feature):

PI-MAX3: 1024i camera uses interline CCD to enable capture of two full resolution images in quick succession. It quickly transfers a full-resolution image under the interline CCD pixel’s adjacent mask area, enabling the camera to take a second frame in as little as 2μsec (limit imposed by P46 phosphor decay time). Ability to apply intensifier gate within two frames means lower background even when used with CW laser sources.

Kinetics for single shot measurements

PI-MAX3: 1024x256 supports kinetics feature to time resolve in a single shot experiment such as with a shock tube. The feature allows microsecond resolution between sub-frames with nanosecond gating within each of those sub-frames. Simply provide a trigger from the experiment to the SuperSynchro timing generator and the camera will execute the required timing sequence easily and efficiently.



SuperSynchro™ Timing Generator

New precision timing generator built right into the head controls intensifier gating; allows gate widths and delays to be set in 10 ps steps with less than 35 psec rms jitter. Offers wide variety of options to synchronize camera with external trigger sources (e.g., pulsed lasers). Easily setup time resolved experiments even with complex timing requirements.


PI-MAX3 features SyncMaster signal output based on camera’s precision internal clock. The signal can be used to continuously trigger pulsed laser sources. Since the intensifier gating is based on the same base clock, the jitter in the whole experiment is as low as possible (often only limited by the laser jitter!!). In addition, by eliminating the need for external delay generator boxes, you can conserve valuable lab space!

Advantages with SyncMaster
1. Lowest jitter
2. Eliminate external timing generators

Photocathode cooling:

EBI (Equivalent Background Intensity) refers to the thermal emission from photocathode of the intensifier. PI-MAX3 camera has provision to cool the photocathode to reduce EBI by as much as 20 times. This is an important consideration for ultra low light and single photon level measurements.

PINS™ (Princeton Instruments Noise Suppression) technology:

Next-generation electronics ensure the best combination of CCD readout speed and the lowest possible noise levels in an ICCD camera.

Gigabit Ethernet (GigE):

High-bandwidth (125MB/sec or 1000 Mbps) data interface for real-time image transmission; supports remote operation from more than 50m away.