Sophia-XO and Sophia 4096B cameras

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Princeton Instruments, a leading manufacturer of low-light imaging and spectroscopic instruments, announced the immediate availability of several brand-new, high-speed, ultra-low-noise cameras engineered for vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and soft x-ray direct-detection applications. The SOPHIA-XO camera platform is specially designed for scientific applications such as VUV/EUV/XUV imaging, x-ray diffraction, x-ray microscopy, x-ray holography, x-ray spectroscopy, and x-ray plasma.

New SOPHIA-XO cameras utilize back-illuminated CCDs for direct detection of the widest range of VUV and x-rays (~5 eV to 30 keV). These new “XO” camera models, which are extensions of Princeton Instruments’ popular SOPHIA® product line, feature 2048 x 2048 and 4096 x 4096 formats with 100% fill factor, up to 150,000 e- full well, >95% peak QE, and read noise as low as 3.5 e- rms. A 4-port, 16 MHz readout architecture allows the new cameras to deliver more than 3 full frames per second — 7x to 10x faster than previous 2-port cameras.

The SOPHIA-XO is available either with UV-enhanced coating for VUV applications or with no AR coating for soft x-ray applications. All SOPHIA-XO cameras leverage Princeton Instruments’ innovative ArcTec™, a proprietary technology that uses air or liquid to thermoelectrically cool to -90°C.

This uniquely well-conceived and well-developed combination of high-speed, high-sensitivity capabilities makes new SOPHIA-XO cameras perfect for myriad large–field-of-view x-ray applications in laboratory, synchrotron, and OEM systems. Interfacing with UHV instrumentation is easy and convenient via a rotatable industry-standard CF flange with a high-vacuum seal design.

“The SOPHIA-XO delivers truly outstanding direct-detection performance,” notes Michael Melle, imaging product manager at Princeton Instruments. “Our engineers have meticulously designed every single aspect of the ‘XO’ to create a no-compromise camera platform that offers our customers unrivaled low-noise sensitivity with high frame rates, enabling exciting new techniques and scientific discovery.”

SOPHIA-XO cameras are supported by Princeton Instruments’ renowned 64-bit LightField® imaging and spectroscopy software, available as a system option. LightField provides hundreds of user enhancements, including a powerful built-in math engine to perform live data analysis. LightField also permits direct control from third-party packages such as LabVIEW® (National Instruments), MATLAB® (MathWorks), Python® (PSF), and EPICS synchrotron software.

Sophia 4096B

Princeton Instruments has also released the deep-cooled, ultra-large-format SOPHIA 4096B cameras. Engineered for applications ranging from astronomy to fluorescence imaging, these back-illuminated CCD cameras are an excellent addition to Princeton Instruments’ popular SOPHIA product line. Also available immediately are deep-cooled SOPHIA 2048B cameras, which deliver high performance for an extensive set of low-light imaging applications such as astronomy, in vivo imaging, and semiconductor failure analysis.

Innovative SOPHIA 4096B cameras provide superior field-flattener performance via utilization of a reduced window-to-CCD–surface distance as well as minimized window thickness. This optimized optical design improves edge sharpness and lowers distortion. SOPHIA 4096B cameras incorporate the ability to “zero out” the variability in the mechanical assembly to achieve precise and repeatable CCD orientation. The CCD can be adjusted for tilt, pitch, and z-axis translation, reducing the requirement for system-level adjustments.

New SOPHIA 4096B camera models feature a back-illuminated 4096 x 4096 sensor format, 15 μm pixels, 100% fill factor, up to 3.5 ke- full well, >95% peak quantum efficiency, up to 18-bit digitization, read noise as low as 2 e- rms, and a 4-port, 16 MHz readout architecture for fast frame rates. SOPHIA 4096B cameras also feature Princeton Instruments ArcTec™, a proprietary technology that uses air or liquid to thermoelectrically cool to -90°C.

New SOPHIA 2048B camera models feature a back-illuminated 2048 x 2048 sensor format, 13.5 or 15 μm pixels, 100% fill factor, up to 1.5 ke- full well, >95% peak quantum efficiency, 16-bit digitization, proprietary ArcTec technology (thermoelectric cooling to -90°C), read noise as low as 3.5 e- rms, and up to 4-port, 16 MHz readout (>3 full frames per second).

“Our new ‘4096B’ and ‘2048B’ SOPHIA models are perfect for low-light-level, large–field-of-view imaging applications in the UV to visible range,” comments Michael Melle, imaging product manager at Princeton Instruments. “The 4096B, in particular, gives astronomers, life science researchers, engineers, and others an unprecedented combination of high resolution, high sensitivity, fast frame rates, and an optimized optical interface.”

All SOPHIA 4096B and 2048B cameras are supported by Princeton Instruments’ renowned 64-bit LightField® imaging and spectroscopy software, available as a system option. LightField provides hundreds of user enhancements, including a powerful built-in math engine to perform live data analysis. LightField also permits direct control from third-party packages such as LabVIEW® (National Instruments), MATLAB® (MathWorks), Python® (PSF), Maxim DL™ (Cyanogen Imaging), and ASCOM software.

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