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Kestrel EMCCD

Digital Monochrome Scientific Frame Transfer EMCCD, 500fps, 128 x 128, 24um x 24um pixels, cooled to -95C .


The digital Kestrel EMCCD camera is based on e2v’s CCD-60 back-thinned 1/3″ sensor. It combines high sensitivity, speed and resolution. with QE up to 95%. It has strong response from UV through to NIR. With EM gain on it offers less than 0.01 electrons read noise. It uses a 16 bit A/D converter and offers a standard CameraLink output. At 500fps in full resolution, it offers some of the fastest and most sensitive speeds available on the market.

Ultra low noise readout with THE FASTEST speeds

  • 500 frames per second – Full resolution speed making it the fastest EMCCD on the market
  • 128 x 128 Back-thinned EMCCD sensor – Enables optimum image resolution in low light imaging applications
  • 16 bit CameraLink output – Realtime imaging for low latency photon to digital image
  • Up to 95% QE from back-illuminated sensor – Optimum Photon collection
  • Strong UV and NIR reponse and ultrawide bandwidth – From 180nm through to 1100nm
  • Deep cooled to -95°C – For minimal background events
Sensor Type 1/3" Back Thinned EMCCD
Active Pixel 128 x 128
Pixel Size 24µm x 24µm
Active Area 3.1mm x 3.1mm
Full Well Capacity 160,000 electrons
Shift Register Well Depth 800,000 electrons
Non-linearity <1%
Readout noise <0.01 electrons with EM gain ON, <60 electrons with EM fain OFF
Full Resolution Frame Rate >500fps
Dark Current 0.001e / pix / sec
Digital Output Format 16 bit CameraLink (base configuration)
Peak Quantum Efficiency 95%
Spectral Response 200 - 1100nm
Cooling -95°C with +10°C coolant
Binning 1 x 1 up to 32 x 32
Antiblooming protection Yes
Lens Mount C-Mount
Synchronisation Trigger IN and OUT - TTL compatible
Power Supply 12V DC ±10%
Total power consumption <80W
Operating case temperature -20°C to +55°C
Storage Temperature -30°C to +85°C
Dimensions 129mm x 112mm x 94mm
Weight (no lens) < 1.5kg
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Kestrel QE graph

Typical Applications:

  • Adaptive Optics and Astronomy
  • Calcium signaling
  • Fluorescence imaging / spectroscopy
  • Flow cytometry
  • FRET / FRAP / TIRF
  • Genome sequencing
  • High content screening
  • High resolution fluorescence imaging
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • LIBS
  • Live Cell Imaging
  • Single molecule detection
  • Solar Cell Inspection
  • X-ray tomography

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