Nanotechnology encompasses a variety of research investigating characteristic dimensions that are less than ~100 nanometers. Some of the research has included the development of faster electronics, the enhancement of biomedical imaging, and the creation of ultra-strong, extremely lightweight materials.
A well known example of nanotechnology research would be nanotubes, created when carbon atoms bind to one another and form ubiquitous planar hexagonal rings (as in graphite). When manufactured on a molecular level, these fullerene tubes offer revolutionary electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties at the nanoscale.
Cameras for Nanotechnology
NIRvana InGaAs focal plane array cameras feature high sensitivity within the 900-1700 nm range, ideal for capturing low-light NIR-II/SWIR fluorescence from advanced nanomaterials.
Imaging of nanotechnology relies on sensitive cameras with low noise to detect any nanoparticle fluorescence. The NIRvana is thermoelectrically cooled, with temperatures reaching as low as -85℃, providing the lowest level of dark noise for low-light imaging. A cryogenically cooled NIRvana camera is also available reaching temperatures of -190℃.
With high signal-to-noise ratios, even at 250 frames per second, the NIRvana allows for fast capture of fluorescence signal even with extremely low exposure times.
Combining the advantages of EMCCDs and ICCDs, the PI-MAX4 delivers precise timing, sensitivity, intelligence and speed – ideal for a wide range of nanoparticle emissions.
The PI-MAX4 offers high quantum efficiency for nanoparticles emitting in the wavelength region of 200 – 900 nm. With high precision and sensitivity, the ICCD sensor can capture extremely low-light images.
The coupling of the EMCCD to an image intensifier allows for a 6x higher light throughput between the image intensifier and the detector in comparison to lens-coupled configurations. This ensures capture of even the faintest nanoparticle signal over the UV-VIS-IR range.
Highly sensitive and thermoelectrically cooled, the ProEM EMCCD camera features the highest sensitivity for nanoparticle detection.
The ProEM also provides greater-than-video frame rates for less stable fluorophores to capture all available information, with a high-speed readout mode and spectra-kinetic mode for dynamic acquisition.
With the addition of eXcelon™3 coating technology, the ProEM provides higher NIR and UV quantum efficiency alongside reduced etaloning (fringing) providing better imaging/spectral quality for low-light nanoparticles in this range.