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  1. Raptor’s Ninox cooled Vis-SWIR camera helps advance medical imaging techniques.

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    Houston, Texas

    An exciting new paper published by one of our customers in the US highlights how the Ninox camera has helped advance in-vivo and in-vitro medical imaging.

    Zbigniew Starosolski and his colleagues in Children’s Hospital, Texas have been using our cooled InGaAs Ninox camera for several months, imaging in the “NIR-II” window (1000–1700 nm) enabling deeper imaging into underlying tissues.


    The availability of InGaAs cameras has propelled the development of NIR-II fluorescent dyes and imaging agents for preclinical testing based on a variety of platforms including single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), quantum dot nanoparticles, rare earth doped nanoparticles, polymeric nanoparticles, and small molecule water soluble dyes. NIR-II imaging using these agents have demonstrated improved depth of penetration, thereby enabling sub-surface vascular imaging at high spatial resolution.

    The Ninox-640 is a cooled, high sensitivity digital VIS-SWIR camera. Using a 640 x 512 InGaAs sensor, the Ninox 640 enables high sensitivity imaging from 0.4µm to 1.7µm. The 15µm x 15µm pixel pitch enables highest resolution VIS-SWIR image and with less than 50 electrons readout noise the OWL 640 enables the highest VIS-SWIR detection limit. With TEC and liquid cooling to -20°C the Ninox 640 reduces dark current to ~1,500e/p/s, allowing longer exposures. Available with a 14 bit CameraLink output, the Ninox 640 will run from 10 to 120Hz enabling high-speed digital video with intelligent auto AGC.

  2. Raptor releases new OWL 320 High Speed VIS-SWIR camera

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    OWL 320 High-Speed VIS-SWIR camera

    OWL 320 High-Speed VIS-SWIR camera

    Raptor Photonics has added another member to its growing family of InGaAs based cameras. The OWL 320 High Speed VIS-SWIR features a state of the art high sensitivity InGaAs FPA sensor with a resolution of 320 x 256, and a pixel pitch of 30µm x 30µm. This camera now offers VIS-SWIR sensitivity from 400nm to 1700nm. This will be in addition to the SWIR version of the camera, running from 900nm to 1700nm.

    The OWL 320 High-Speed VIS-SWIR series offers unsurpassed speeds of 346 Hz for ultrafast applications with high sensitivity response allowing exposure time from 500ns to 5 seconds.

    More information here.

    Please note that there are export restrictions placed on this camera. Please contact Raptor in advance of ordering. 

  3. Raptor Photonics – NEW Corporate Video

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    Raptor has released a new video showcasing the company’s state-of-the-art headquarters in Larne, Northern Ireland. The quick tour highlights some of Raptor’s innovative camera products and processes and celebrates the company’s recently achieved ISO 9001:2015 quality accreditation.

  4. Raptor Photonics appoints new Scientific Distributor in Israel

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    New Road Agencies Limited, Israel

    New Road Agencies Limited

    Raptor Photonics Ltd. (Raptor) is pleased to announce that New Road Agencies Ltd has been appointed as a distributor of its scientific camera solutions in Israel.

    Based in Rosh Ha’ayin, New Road is managed by Eyal Shemer. The company offers a range of services and expertise in spectroscopy equipment and instrumentation, electro optics and optical components, material testing instruments, lasers and laser diodes as well as fast and sensitive cameras for Physical and Life science applications.

    The scientific imaging camera range from Raptor is a perfect fit for their product portfolio.

    About Raptor Photonics

    Raptor Photonics Limited is a global leader and manufacturer of high performance, industrial-grade and extremely rugged ultra low light digital and analogue cameras. Raptor specialises in complete cameras and core engine solutions using CCD, EMCCD and SWIR sensor technology. The extreme low light capability of Raptor’s cameras makes them ideal for day/night surveillance, homeland security and scientific markets. Raptor Photonics Ltd is a registered ISO 9001:2015 company and is headquartered in Larne, Northern Ireland.

    Raptor Photonics Ltd
    Telephone: 44 28 2827 0141

    About New Road

    Contact: Eyal Shemer
    NewRoad Agencies Limited
    11 Ha’amal Street,
    Afek Business Park
    Rosh Ha’ayin 48092
    Mobile: +972-54-2255769
    Tel: +972-3-9028787
    Fax: +972-3-9028788

  5. Raptor launches the Falcon III EMCCD Camera using next generation technology in low light imaging.

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    Moscone Cenre, San Francisco, USA.
    BiOS Booth #8511, Photonics West Booth #533

    Raptor Photonics, a global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance digital cameras, has launched its latest camera the Falcon III, using ground-breaking EMCCD – GEN III technology.

    The Falcon III incorporates a new EMCCD sensor developed by e2v which offers 1MP resolution with 10µm square pixels.  A back-illuminated sensor offers a peak QE of >95% offering unsurpassed sensitivity with a total noise floor as low as 0.01 electrons readout noise.

    EMCCD – GEN III offers the combination of ultimate sensitivity and speed through a single output amplifier thereby maximizing uniformity.  It is three times faster than previous generation EMCCDs with superior linearity and low gain performance.  Up to 5000 x EM gain can be applied to the sensor using lower voltages resulting in reduced sensor ageing effects. The camera can be cooled to -100°C for lowest possible background events using Raptor’s long life ruggedized PentaVacTM vacuum technology.

    Raptor VP of Sales & Marketing, Mark Donaghy comments, “EMCCD technology is well established in the market having first been released around 16 years ago.  It still offers the best combination of speed and sensitivity for ultra-low light applications.  EMCCD – GEN III technology takes this performance to the next level, offering the ultimate resolution, speed and sensitivity through a single output amplifier.  We have worked very closely with e2v to ensure that the Falcon III camera delivers the optimum performance from this new CCD351 image sensor.”

    “The Falcon camera historically has been a very successful product line for us. We are excited to add the Falcon III camera, as well the new Falcon II and Kestrel models.  This family of back-thinned EMCCD cameras offers a range of resolution, pixel pitch and speed which are perfectly suited to ultra-low light imaging applications”, he continued.

    James McCann, Product Manager for Scientific Imaging at e2v, said, “Our CCD351 sensor, is the latest in backthinned EMCCD technology, designed for the most demanding high-speed, ultra-low light applications. We partnered closely with Raptor to push the capability of this technology and we are excited to see our newest EMCCD featured alongside Raptor’s PentaVacTM vacuum technology in the Falcon III; a truly innovative imaging solution”.

    The new cameras will run through CameraLink and will be available with a range of software drivers including MicroManager and Metamorph. They will target any low light application where speed, resolution and sensitivity matter including astronomy, adaptive optics, calcium imaging and fluorescence.

    Find out more about the Falcon III here.

    About Raptor Photonics

    Raptor Photonics Ltd is a leading developer and supplier of next generation, high performance digital camera solutions for global Scientific, Surveillance and Industrial markets. The company offers complete cameras and core engine solutions using CCD, EMCCD, and InGaAs sensors. As well as its portfolio of commercial off the shelf (COTS) products, Raptor provides custom solutions to OEM and Instrumentation companies throughout the world. Raptor Photonics Ltd is a registered ISO 9001:2008 company and is headquartered in Larne, Northern Ireland.

    BiOS (Booth #8511) and Photonics West 2017 (Booth #533) shows.

    Raptor Photonics Contact:

    +44 28 2827 0141

    About e2v

    Bringing life to technology, e2v partners with its customers to improve, save and protect people’s lives.  e2v’s innovations lead developments in healthcare, life sciences, space, transportation, defence and security and industrial markets.

    e2v’s unique approach involves listening to the market and application challenges of customers and partnering with them to provide innovative standard, semi-custom or fully custom imaging solutions, bringing increased value to their systems.

    e2v employs approximately 1750 people worldwide, has design and operational facilities across Europe, North America and Asia, and has a global network of sales and technical support offices. e2v has annual sales of GB236M as at 31 March 2016 and is listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information www.e2v.com

    e2v Media Contact:

    Jessica Broom
    + 44 (0)1245 453607

  6. Raptor launches new OWL 1280 VIS-SWIR (InGaAs) HD format camera

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    Raptor Photonics, a global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance digital cameras has launched an additional member to its family of Visible SWIR cameras with the OWL 1280, offering HD resolution for high end long range surveillance, scientific and astronomy applications.

    Using a cooled 1280 x 1024 InGaAs sensor from SCD, the OWL 1280 offers visible extension from 0.4µm to 1.7µm to enable high sensitivity imaging. The 10µm x 10µm pixel pitch enables the highest resolution imaging. The camera will also offer 2 x 2 binning to become 640×512, 20um pitch for ultimate low light vision and high speed applications. It will offer less than 35 electrons readout noise combined with one of the lowest dark current readings on the market. The camera will offer ultra-high intrascene dynamic range of 70dB enabling simultaneous capture of bright & dark portions of a scene.

    Available with a 14 bit CameraLink output, the OWL 1280 will run from 10 up to 60Hz. The camera will feature On-board Automated Gain Control (AGC) which will enable the best contrast image from low light to bright as well as an on-board intelligent 3 point Non Uniform Correction (NUC) algorithm providing the highest quality images. As with all Raptor cameras the OWL 1280 is ultra compact, rugged and low power (< 3W). It also offers cooling with no fan.

    Raptor VP of Sales & Marketing Mark Donaghy comments “Our customers have been asking for higher resolution FPAs for some time. The OWL 1280 puts Raptor at the forefront of high resolution sensitive InGaAs camera technology. We see a range of applications that can be used with the OWL 1280 including hyperspectral imaging, astronomy, in-vivo imaging and defense / surveillance applications.” he continued.

    The camera come with a range of analysis software including XCAP and Micromanager and a standard CameraLink frame grabber (EPIX).


  7. Raptor launches a new Spectroscopy platform for OEMs.

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    Raptor Photonics, a global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance digital cameras is launching the Toucan, a family of spectroscopy detectors aimed at the OEM / instrumentation market.

    Raptor will display the Toucan platform at Pittcon, from 7-10 March 2016 in Pittcon, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia, Booth #1128.

    The Toucan is initially available as an e2v CCD-3011 cooled to -40°C. The 1024 x 255 pixels will make it an ideal camera for spectroscopy applications. With 26um pixels it is optimized for high dynamic range and resolution. It will run at 16 bits and have non-linearity better than 1%. It is available in a range of formats (back-illuminated in both USB and CamerLink format.

    According to Mark Donaghy, Raptor’s VP of Sales & Marketing, “We are targeting the spectroscopy community with this OEM platform. It will be available in a range of sensors and cooling options, either dry gas or vacuum. It will be very rugged and will operate work from -20°C to +70°C.

    The Toucan platform is designed to work across a range of applications including Absorption/Transmittance/Reflection, Atomic Emission Spectroscopy, Fluorescence & Luminescence, NIR Spectroscopy, Raman Spectroscopy (244 – 488 nm), Raman Spectroscopy (514, 531, 633 nm), Raman Spectroscopy (785, 830 nm) and UV-VIS-NIR Broadband Spectroscopy.

    For more information contact sales@www.raptorphotonics.com

  8. Raptor camera in the new Stellarator

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    In order to monitor the plasma within the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator, the IPP needed cameras capable of fitting into the tight space around the instrument and more importantly to operate reliably close to the large magnetic field necessary for the confinement. The Cygnet was successfully tested up to 1.8 Tesla and the Owl up to 2.3 Teslas. 20 Cygnet cameras in the 10 immersion tubes work and produce images surveying the divertor and the limiter region.

    Read the full app note here. 

    Link to the official announcement here.