Well recognized as a no-compromise, next-generation camera platform, the PIXIS is engineered for low-light level spectroscopy and imaging. Whether your application involves Raman spectroscopy in the near-infrared or luminescence imaging in the ultraviolet, the PIXIS contains all the standard features for your research needs and more.
The system now supports the world's first high-resolution, back-illuminated, deep-depletion CCD for no-compromise performance in the NIR region (<1150nm). It also yields a full range of imaging and spectroscopy CCDs, including Princeton Instruments' exclusive 1340x100 and 1340x400 format devices. New Linux drivers are now available for the PIXIS and other PI cameras with USB2.0 interface, as well.
The new PIXIS: 1024BR delivers >85% peak QE (>70% at 900nm) while reducing troublesome etaloning to negligible levels. For more information concerning this product, read the PIXIS: 1024BR news release.
PIXIS now supports large field of view 2048x2048 format CCDs. Read the press release.
Features and Benefits
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Permanent vacuum with all-metal seals . . . maintenance free, guaranteed for life . . .
The PIXIS is the only scientific CCD camera in the world which provides guaranteed vacuum performance for the entire lifetime of the instrument. Exclusive PI vacuum technology features 100% UHV-grade components in a stainless-steel vacuum chamber hermetically sealed with all-metal seals. High-performance brazing techniques are utilized for the optical-window / vacuum-chamber interface.
Cutting-edge, all-metal vacuum seals and active vacuum maintenance technology (e.g., getter) eliminate outgassing. No epoxies are used which might compromise the vacuum over time.
Deepest thermoelectric air-cooling . . . no liquid assistance required . . .
Thanks to our renowned XP cooling technology, PIXIS cameras offer the lowest dark current in the market. The camera achieves deep cooling as low as -80°C using only air. To keep dark current stable, cooling is controlled to within ±0.05°C.
Does away with complicated, bulky chilled water circulators.
CoolCUBE II liquid circulator . . . an elegant solution for vibration and thermally sensitive environments . . .
Should your experiment require a vibration-free environment or the absence of thermal air currents (in the case of sensitive optics like telescopes), the system's elegant CoolCUBE II liquid circulator delivers maintenance-free liquid circulation and power to the camera. Learn more about the CoolCUBE II data sheet.
High-speed, USB 2.0 interface . . . seamless plug-and-play interface, even at full 16-bits@2MHz speed . . . no PCI cards . . .
The PIXIS offers a high-speed USB 2.0 interface for seamless connectivity with desktops and laptops. The system also delivers true 16-bit data at 2MHz readout speed. For example, 500 spectra/sec is merely standard operation for the PIXIS, while "custom" readout modes push this even further. The PIXIS rids users of cumbersome PCI cards and "claims" of USB2.0 with readout speed restrictions. Convenience and performance without compromise.
Need to operate the camera from remote distance? No problem! Check out our optional fiber optic interface kit that allows operation for up to 500 meters.
Compact design . . . one camera head . . . no external boxes or controllers . . .
The PIXIS system's unrivaled, state-of-the-art technology comes in a single, compact (6.5" x 4.65" diameter) package. Its low-noise electronics and analog-to-digital converters are located close to the CCD directly within the camera head. This use of Primary Point Digitization™ helps the PIXIS achieve the lowest read noise possible, unlike systems that house crucial readout electronics on PCI cards situated in noise-prone environments such as computers. Meticulous care goes into the selection of components as in the overall electronic design of the system. As a result, the PIXIS achieves extraordinarily low read noise, even while running at ultra-high readout speeds.
Single input window . . . minimal light loss . . .
To minimize light loss caused by reflections at the optical surfaces, the PIXIS utilizes only one vacuum-chamber window in the light path. Also, operators can coat the vacuum window on both sides with AR coating specially optimized for the wavelength of interest (VIS-AR, NIR-AR, UV-AR), which gives the PIXIS the highest throughput of any detector in the market. For broad spectral range from deep UV to NIR, an MgF2 window is also offered.
Proprietary CCDs and UV coatings . . . highest sensitivity and
resolution . . .
The PIXIS platform supports 1340 x 100 and 1340 x 400 format CCDs which deliver the highest sensitivity possible and >16-bit dynamic range for spectroscopy applications. These proprietary CCDs deliver 30% more resolution than industry standard 1024 pixel devices and are available with front-illuminated, back-illuminated, and deep-depletion technologies. Operators can further enhance UV sensitivity with a PI proprietary CCD coating Unichrome.
Dual-amplifier configuration and independent gain settings . . .
unmatched versatility . . .
PI's exclusive dual-amplifier configuration (high-capacity or low-noise) enables the PIXIS to be utilized in high-light level absorbance or low-light level Raman applications. Six independent gain settings (e-/ADU) allow operators to fine-tune the camera.
The PIXIS platform supports 2048x2048, 1024 x 1024 and 512 x 512 format devices with front- and back-illuminated technologies for imaging applications. These devices deliver low read noise and large full well for the best imaging performance possible. Back-illuminated 1024 and 512 CCDs are available with an enhanced UV process for extreme ultraviolet sensitivity.
The PIXIS: 2048 also supports dual amplifier configuration for optimized performance in either low light level applications or applications requiring high dynamic range (large full well).
Provides WinView/WinSpec, LabVIEW™ SITK™ , and PVCAM for Windows/Linux . . . ultimate solution . . .
The PIXIS comes equipped with powerful software for meeting all the challenging demands of your application. Our easy-to-use WinView and WinSpec software packages provide complete control over data acquisition with advanced features such as macro-record and automation.
A software imaging tool kit (SITK™) is available with National Instruments'™ popular LabVIEW™ package for easy integration within complex experiment setups. This SITK offers a full suite of LabVIEW™ VIs for ready programming.
The new PIXIS platform is compatible with all software packages and custom programs written for previous PI cameras.