Products: PI-MTE In-Vacuum Cameras
Smallest X-Ray Cameras for In-Vacuum Applications
Princeton Instruments, the world’s leading developer and supplier of ultra-low-noise, deep-cooled scientific CCD cameras, is proud to offer our popular PI-MTE series for in-vacuum x-ray imaging and spectroscopy applications. PI-MTE cameras are the smallest thermoelectrically cooled CCD cameras available for direct detection of soft x-rays in the energy range from <30 eV to ~20 keV and can operate, uninterrupted, for long periods of time inside a vacuum chamber.
The PI-MTE camera series provides the following key features:
- Back-illuminated CCDs, with up to 2Kx2K resolution and without antireflective coating
- Sensitivity in the x-ray energy range from <30 eV to ~20 KeV
- Compact mechanical design, optimized for tight spaces inside vacuum chambers
- High Speed USB 2.0 interface
- Flexible readout speed from 50 KHz to 2 MHz
- NEW Full experiment control via optional LightField software
Cameras designed for In Vacuum operation, from ground up!
PI-MTE cameras are the only cameras expressly designed and proven to work in ultra high vacuum environments. As the smallest available scientific cameras, the PI-MTE series provides all of the advanced features and functions needed to tackle demanding soft x-ray spectroscopy and imaging applications, including high energy laser research, x-ray microscopy, x-ray plasma diagnostics, coherent x-ray diffraction imaging, and EUV lithography.
Utilized daily at labs and synchrotrons, PI-MTE cameras offer researchers the renowned ultra-low-noise and wide-dynamic-range performance with which the Princeton Instruments name has become synonymous. These thermoelectrically cooled cameras can support CCDs with up to 2048 x 2048 pixels.
Sensitivity in X-ray energy range from < 30 eV to ~20 keV:
Well suited for a wide variety of soft x-ray spectroscopy and imaging applications, including x-ray microscopy, x-ray plasma diagnostics, coherent x-ray diffraction imaging, EUV lithography, and x-ray holography
Proven design for in-vacuum operation:
Only scientific deep UV, X-Ray camera designed from ground up to operate inside vacuum environment
Sensor deep cooled to -55°C for lowest dark current
- Thermal design to efficiently dissipate heat from electronics. Required for continuous operation without the need to shut down the camera periodically
High-speed, USB 2.0 interface:
Industry standard computer interface - no need for additional hardware
Optional fiberoptic interface to extend up to 500 meters between camera and the host PC
- True 16-bit data transfer at up to 2 MHz readout speed
Flexible dual-amplifier readout design:
Dual, discrete amplifiers to tackle low signal or high dynamic range applications
Independently optimized clock settings for the best read noise and full well capacity
- Easy control from LightField software
Powerful LightField software (optional):
Powerful, intuitive user interface provides complete control of PI cameras
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, MathWorks' MATLAB and EPICS synchrotron software
X-Ray Plasma Diagnostics
Hot and dense plasmas are of enormous interest in basic physics research because of the multitude of interesting phenomena that arise from them.
Soft X-Ray Microscopy
Soft X-ray Microscopy is used for imaging and researching the elemental composition and structure of biological samples and more.
EUV lithography is gaining popularity because it retains the look and feel of the traditional optical lithography process (i.e., utilizes the 13.5 nm wavelength) and uses the same basic design tools.
X-ray absorption spectroscopy is an element-specific probe of the local structure of elements in a material.
X-Ray Camera Brochure
Comprehensive information on direct and indirect X-ray detection technologies from Princeton Instruments. Includes related application and technical notes.
Download operation manuals for Princeton Instruments cameras, spectrometers, and accessories from our ftp site.
Soft x-ray scattering facility at the Advanced Light Source with real-time data processing and analysis
The Princeton Instruments PI-MTE in-vacuum x-ray camera was used in by researchers at North Carolina State and the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley CA.
New QE Response Curves for Soft X-ray to VUV Energy Range
A Quantitative Comparison of Different Scientific CCD Types
X-ray open nose (XO) cameras designed for direct detection of deep UV and X-rays in the <30 eV to 20 keV range
Direct detection x-ray cameras with integrated Be window for 3keV to 20keV detection range.
Extends distance between USB2.0 cameras and the host PC, by up to 500 meters
Compact liquid chiller ideal for vibration-free, thermally stable environments