Products: NIRvana SWIR InGaAs Cameras

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NIR / SWIR Cameras Designed by Scientists,for Scientists!

The NIRvana® family of focal plane array (FPA) cameras includes the NIRvana, NIRvana ST, and NIRvana LN, which are the only scientific-grade InGaAs cameras on the market specifically designed for quantitative near-infrared (NIR) / shortwave-infrared (SWIR) imaging and spectroscopy applications.

Princeton Instruments’ many decades of experience designing ultra-low-noise cameras for scientific and R&D applications have led to the following salient NIRvana features:

 
  • InGaAs 640 x 512 focal plane array, 20 µm/pixel sensor
  • Sensitive in 0.9 µm to 1.7 µm wavelength range
  • Thermoelectrically cooled version achieves -85ºC using Princeton Instruments' unique vacuum technology; LN version for cryogenic operating temperatures reduce dark noise even further
  • High-speed imaging up to 110 fps
  • High-speed GigE interface
  • Flexible mounting design for imaging and spectroscopy
  • Powerful 64-bit LightField software

 

Every day, Princeton Instruments NIRvana systems facilitate revolutionary research in leading labs around the world. These compact cameras possess all the essential features for tackling demanding, low-light-level NIR / SWIR imaging and spectroscopy applications.

Widely recognized as a no-compromise camera platform, high-performance NIRvana systems are engineered for applications such as those involving NIR astronomy or photon-starved nanotube / quantum dot fluorescence.

NIRvana has received praise from many customers.

"The new InGaAs focal plane array detector has allowed our research group to easily extend our imaging spectroscopy techniques into the near-infrared regime. Combining a NIRvana with an eXcelon ProEM camera has enabled us to rapidly acquire 2D images from 400nm-1700nm on the same SP2300i spectrograph. Unlike other InGaAs 2D detectors we tested, the TE cooling and background subtraction features have allowed us to easily acquire long exposures to resolve photoluminescence from very dilute emitter samples."

– Rashid Zia, Manning Assistant Professor,
School of Engineering, Brown University

 

SRAM arrau

5x emission image of a 22 nm technology SRAM array and control circuit

NIRvana InGaAs cameras have set the standard as invaluable tools for highly challenging applications, including:

  • Semiconductor failure analysis
  • Small-animal imaging
  • Single-wall nanotube fluorescence
  • PL image mapping - Solar inspection
  • Singlet oxygen imaging / spectroscopy
  • Astronomy

 

InGaAs 640 x 512, 20 µm pixel sensor delivers:
  • Large field of view
     
  • High dynamic range
     
  • LN cooled camera for highest sensitivity
     
  • TE cooled camera for high frame rate and flexibility
NIRvana sensor diagram
 
Sensitive in 0.9 um to 1.7 µm SWIR wavelength range:
  • Coverage for wide variety of applications 
     
  • > 85% QE between 0.95 um to 1.5 um range

 

Thermoelectrically cooled to -85º C using PI unique vacuum technology delivers:
  • Deep cooling to -85º C with air
     
  • Lowest dark noise in it's class
     
  • Allows up to minutes of integration time
     
  • Integrated cold shield  limit ambient thermal background
     
  • Maintenance free operation
thermoelectric cooling
High-speed GigE interface provides:
  • Industry standard computer interface without need for additional hardware
     
  • Seamless plug-and-play connectivity with the latest desktops and laptops
     
  • True 16-bit data transfer at 2MHz, 5MHz and 10MHz readout speeds

 

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Gig E
Powerful imaging and spectroscopy software available: 
  • Powerful, intuitive user interface provides complete control of PI cameras and spectrographs.
     
  • Built-in math engine to analyze image and spectral data in real-time.
     
  • Universal programming interface - PICAM (64 bit) - for easy custom programming.

  • Seamless integration of hardware controls and direct data acquisition into National Instruments' LabVIEW and MathWorks' MATLAB.
LightField software
 
 
 

NIRvana camera model comparison and datasheets

Model Imaging Array Pixel Size Wavelength Peak QE Temperature
NIRvana: LN  datasheet pdf 640 x 512 InGaAs 20 x 20 900 - 1550 nm ~75% -190° C
NIRvana: 640  datasheet pdf 640 x 512 InGaAs 20 x 20 900 - 1700 nm ~85% -85° C
NIRvana: 640ST datasheet pdf 640 x 512 InGaAs 20 x 20 900 - 1700 nm ~85% -65° C

 

InGaAs vs CCD quantum efficiency

Export License information: Export of NIRvana (2D InGaAs FPA camera) outside United States of America is subject to all applicable export

 

Small Animal Imaging
For small-animal imaging in the NIR II / SWIR range, Princeton Instruments recommends the NIRvana:640 camera. We designed this 16-bit camera specifically for scientific research applications that require superb linearity and excellent near-infrared sensitivity.

Astronomical Imaging
Astronomical imaging can be broadly divided into two categories: (1) steady-state imaging, in which long exposures are required to capture ultra-low-light-level objects, and (2) time-resolved photometry, in which integration times range from milliseconds to a few seconds.

Singlet Oxygen Imaging
Singlet oxygen, the first excited state of molecular oxygen, is a highly reactive species that plays an important role in a wide range of biological processes, including cell signaling, immune response, macromolecule degradation, and elimination of neoplastic tissue during photodynamic therapy.

Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology helps scientists and engineers create faster electronics as well as ultrastrong and extremely light structural materials.

News

Application Notes

Deeply Cooled, Scientific InGaAs Cameras Facilitate NIR-II / SWIR Imaging for Drug Discovery / Small-Animal Research
The Utilization of Materials Such as SWNTs, Rare-earth–doped Phosphors, and Quantum Dots in Concert with Deeply Cooled, Scientific InGaAs Cameras Holds Great Promise for the Future of In Vivo Optical Iimaging Applications in the NIR-II / SWIR Range

Real-Time Imaging of Singlet Oxygen via Innovative Microspectroscopy Instrument
New Two-Dimensional InGaAs Detector Thermoelectrically Cooled to –85°C Facilitates Scientific Research

Ultra-High-Sensitivity, Deeply Cooled InGaAs Cameras for Ground-Based Astronomy in the NIR-II / SWIR
Ground-based observations in the J and H astronomical bands can be improved by utilizing scientific InGaAs cameras from Princeton Instruments.

Scientific NIR-II/ SWIR Cameras Enable Femtosecond Frequency Comb Vernier Spectroscopy
New, Deeply Cooled InGaAs Cameras Provide Ultrahigh Sensitivity for Key Spectral Range

Aberration-Free Spectrographs and NIR-Sensitive InGaAs Cameras Facilitate the Development of Carbon Nanotube Optical Sensors for Early Disease Detection
Dr. Daniel Heller and his research group at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer center utilized the IsoPlane 320 spectrograph and NIRvana SWIR camera in their recent research.

Solar cell inspection via photoluminescence imaging in the NIR/SWIR
Scientific-grade, deep-cooled, large-format InGaAs FPA cameras such as the NIRvana from Princeton Instruments will enable researchers to observe photoluminescence emission at longer wavelengths and rapidly obtain more detailed information about defects within multicrystalline silicon solar cells.

Scientific NIR-II-SWIR Cameras for Advanced Imaging and Spectroscopy Applications
NIRvana InGaAs cameras are ideal for many leading-edge NIR-II / SWIR applications, including semiconductor failure analysis, solar cell inspection, nondestructive testing, astronomy, small animal imaging, and singlet oxygen detection.

Articles Published Using PI Equipment

Dynamic control of light emission faster than the lifetime limit using VO2 phase-change
This proof-of-concept demonstration shows how integration with phase-change materials can transform widespread phosphorescent materials into high-speed optical sources that can be integrated in monolithic nanoscale devices for both free-space and on-chip communication.

Quantifying and controlling the magnetic dipole contribution to 1.5-µm light emission in erbium-doped yttrium oxide
NIRvana SWIR/NIR camera and IsoPlane 320 spectrograph are instrumenatal in recent groundbreaking research.

Cell Membrane Proteins Modulate the Carbon Nanotube Optical Bandgap via Surface Charge Accumulation
NIRvana 640 SWIR/NIR camera and IsoPlane 320 are integral parts of the experimental setup in cell adhesion research involving carbon nanotubes.

X-ray-Induced Shortwave Infrared Biomedical Imaging Using Rare- Earth Nanoprobes
Princeton Instruments NIRvana 640 SWIR InGaAs cameras is used as part of the experimental setup to image biological structures.

Sensitive method for measuring third order nonlinearities in compact dielectric and hybrid plasmonic waveguides
Researchers at University of Sydney, UCal Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore Labs incorporate the IsoPlane and NIRvana to demonstrate a sensitive method for the nonlinear optical characterization of micrometer long waveguides, and apply it to typical silicon-on-insulator nanowires and to hybrid plasmonic waveguides.

Brochures

NIRvana flyer
Learn more about the world's first research grade, deep cooled InGaAs focal plane array (FPA) camera for short-wave, near infrared (SWIR/NIR) imaging and spectroscopy.

Manuals

Product Manuals
Download operation manuals for Princeton Instruments cameras, spectrometers, and accessories from our ftp site.

Software

LightField 64-bit software - trial download
Download a 45-day free trial of Princeton Instruments' Revolutionary 64-bit data acquisition package for spectroscopy and imaging.

Tech Notes

Introduction to Scientific InGaAs FPA Cameras
Working in the near infrared (NIR) and shortwave infrared (SWIR) regions of the spectrum offers researchers several advantages, such as the abilities to circumvent unwanted fluorescence backgrounds and to probe more deeply into sample surfaces.

IsoPlane Imaging Spectrographs

IsoPlane Imaging Spectrographs

Award-winning imaging spectrographs with superior performance over Czerny-Turner traditional designs, available with 203 mm and 320 mm focal length designs.


LightField Scientific Imaging & Spectroscopy Software

LightField Scientific Imaging & Spectroscopy Software

Ground breaking software to control your Princeton Instruments systems. Now with Windows 10 support. It's like nothing you have ever experienced!


SpectraPro Spectrometers

SpectraPro Spectrometers

High value, dependable industry standard series of spectrographs and monochromators for a variety of applications.


PyLoN-IR Linear InGaAs Cameras

PyLoN-IR Linear InGaAs Cameras

This InGaAs detector offers 16-bit digitization and leads the industry with the fastest spectral rate and lowest system read noise.


CoolCUBE II

CoolCUBE II

Compact liquid circulator for deep-cooled cameras for efficient cooling.

GigE Fiber Optic Interface kit

GigE Fiber Optic Interface kit

Allows remote operation of GigE cameras from the host PC located up to 550 meters away

 
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