Evolve EMCCD camera
Photometrics, a designer and manufacturer of high-performance CCD and EMCCD cameras for the life sciences, has introduced the Evolve EMCCD camera.
The camera is suited to life science applications, including photo-activated localisation microscopy (PALM), stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STORM), spinning disk confocal microscopy, total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy, cell trafficking studies, live-cell fluorescent protein imaging, and single molecule fluorescence (SMF).
Evolve's QuantView feature allows the camera to read out pixel values in terms of electrons, providing a repeatable methodology to data gathering and interpretation. By using Evolve in Quant-View mode, investigators can ensure experiments are well controlled and consistent. Such improvements in data quality and consistency will enable more rapid interpretation of new and novel findings and enhance the speed of scientific discovery.
In addition to QuantView, the camera offers a sophisticated feature set for true quantitative, low-light-level situations. Such features include Top-Lock and Black-Lock, intensity filtering tools, which provide researchers the means to narrow visualisation to the intensity range of the image characteristics under investigation. Another feature, Background Event Reduction Technology (BERT), enables researchers to identify the pixels that are most likely to contain spurious event data and corrects that data, if desired. The camera's Rapid-Cal feature provides fast EM calibration, taking three minutes. Evolve requires no special attachments, nor does it need to be detached from the microscope, simplifying the calibration process.
The camera also provides a deep-cooled platform with a low dark current and read noise, as well as a good vacuum guarantee.