Streak Tube Readout

Streak Tube Readout

Streak tube readout is commonly used to obtain intensity vs spatial/spectral information over very short time periods (ps-ns). The predominant advantage of streak tubes is that they provide continuous data and are thus capable of catching single transient events.

The streak tube output is a phosphor screen on a glass/fiberoptic faceplate. This is then optically coupled to a CCD camera for readout and recording. It is usually used for applications such as combustion analysis, pulsed laser characterization, plasma physics, and a variety of spectroscopy applications with transient events.

The streak tube image shows both spectral (top) and spatial (bottom) information. The series of dots in the middle are time fiducial marks generated by an LED pulsed at a known frequency. Image courtesy of Dr. Dennis Paisley, Los Alamos National Laboratories.

Cameras for Streak Tube Readout


Streak Tube Readout can be used for a range of applications which require either high-speed or steady-state. The PIXIS XF offers outstanding flexibility with it’s unique mechanical design, optimizing performance at each x-ray energy for either type of application.

With an inbuilt phosphor screen, the PIXIS XF is able to image indirect x-rays continuously emitted during streak tube readout experiments. The PIXIS XF comes with either a front- or back-illuminated CCD, covering x-rays in the energy range <3 keV to >20 keV.

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PIXIS XF photo

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