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Products: New BLAZE Spectroscopy Cameras

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BLAZE Revolutionary High-Speed Cameras for Spectroscopy

Introducing BLAZE Spectroscopy CCD cameras. Thanks to revolutionary new sensors with up to 3X higher NIR sensitivity and low dark current, there are no better cameras than BLAZE for demanding applications such as Raman spectroscopy, fluorescence or photoluminescence. BLAZE gives you blazing spectral rates up thousands of spectra per second. For low light applications, BLAZE delivers True -100º C cooling for ultra-low dark current, ideal for long exposures. No other scientific low-light spectroscopy detector camera can match BLAZE’s performance and ease of use. With BLAZE, spectroscopy will never be the same!

Key features of BLAZE cameras include the following:

  • Super Sensitive - Up to 75% QE @ 1000 nm
  • Blazing Fast - Dual 16 MHz readouts
  • ArcTec™ technology for -95°C in air and True -100°C with 20°C liquid
  • Fully supported by 64-bit LightField software


Download the BLAZE brochure for complete information.

BLAZE is a miracle!  I am as excited to try it as when I bought an iPad.
BLAZE enables us to perform the world's fastest ultra-broadband CARS spectroscopic imaging," 
shared Professor Hideaki Kano of Tsukuba University, Japan


DOWNLOAD the BLAZE brochure!

BLAZE incorporates two revolutionary new spectroscopy sensors making it the ideal spectroscopy camera. HR-Sensors are super deep depletion devices offering the highest NIR quantum efficiency of any spectroscopic CCD. LD-Sensors are deep depletion devices designed for extremely low dark current, allowing long exposures in demanding spectroscopic applications.

Key applications include:

Raman Spectroscopy | Photoluminescence | Nanoparticle Research | Carbon Nanotube Studies | Pump-Probe Experiments | Fluorescence | Micro-Spectroscopy



Super Sensitive
  • Up to 75% quantum efficiency @ 1000 nm
  • HR sensors have highest NIR QE- ideal for Raman and photoluminescence
  • LD sensors minimize dark current - ideal for low light applications




Blazing Fast:
  • Fastest spectroscopic CCD available
  • ADC readout speeds up to 16 MHz x 2*
  • Up to 1650 spectra/second full vertical binning
  • Up to 215 kHz spectral rate in kinetics mode

    * 16 MHz only available for HR sensors, 10 MHz for LD sensors
Blazing Fast Speeds

Proprietary, New HR Sensors


  • Back-illuminated super deep depletion devices highest NIR performance of any spectroscopic CCDs available
  • Deliver up to 75% quantum efficiency at 1000 nm
  • Optimize spatial resolution resulting in a “fully depleted” silicon region with no diffusion of charge

LD sensor
Revolutionary, New LD Sensors
  • Advanced, inverted mode, deep depletion devices
  • Very low dark current
  • Excellent broadband performance
  • Enhanced NIR quantum efficiency


Deepest Cooling
  • Multi-stage thermoelectric cooling with custom-designed Peltier devices for unprecedented cooling capabilities
  • Permanent all-metal UHV seals for reliable long-term operation
  • Ability to operate at -95°C without chillers or liquid assist
  • Ability to reach TRUE -100°C with 20°C liquid assist
  • Download the ArcTec technical note
deepest cooling
SeNsR Technology
  • Exclusive, new bidirectional clocking technology
  • Rapid on-chip shifting and accumulation of sample and reference data
  • Increases signal-to-noise ratio in low light applications
  • Pump probe experiments


High-speed USB 3.0 data interface:
  • High data rates (up to 5 Gb/sec)
  • Easy plug-and-play interface
  • Camera operation from laptops or desktops (requires USB 3.0 port)
  • Optional fiber optic data connection for remote operation from up to 50 m (hazardous environments, etc.)


LightField imaging and spectroscopy software:
  • A powerful, intuitive user interface provides complete control of PI cameras and spectrographs.
  • A built-in math engine enables the analysis of image and spectral data in real-time.
  • A universal programming interface, 64-bit PICAM, is included for easy custom programming.
  • Seamless integration of hardware controls and direct data acquisition into National Instruments' LabVIEW®, MathWorks' MATLAB®, and EPICS synchrotron control software is easy.
  • Patented IntelliCal automated wavelength and intensity calibration is fully supported.


LightField software





BLAZE Spectroscopy Cameras model comparison and datasheets

Imaging Models Imaging Array Sensor Type Pixel Size Peak QE
BLAZE 100-HRdatasheet pdf 1340 x 100 Proprietary, back-illuminated, fully depleted, high resisitivity, silicon HR-sensor for highest NIR quantum efficiency. Includes anti-fringing coating. 20 x 20 µm view QE data below
BLAZE 400-HRdatasheet pdf 1340 x 400 Proprietary,, back-illuminated, fully depleted, high resisitivity, silicon HR-sensor for highest NIR quantum efficiency. Includes anti-fringing coating. 20 x 20 µm view QE data below
BLAZE 100-LDdatasheet pdf 1340 x 100 Exclusive, back-illumninated, deep depletion IMO LD-sensor; low dark current with anti-fringing coating. 20 x 20 µm view QE data below
BLAZE 400-LDdatasheet pdf 1340 x 400 Exclusive, back-illumninated, deep depletion IMO LD-sensor; low dark current with anti-fringing coating. 20 x 20 µm view QE data below
BLAZE 100-Bdatasheet pdf 1340 x 100 Exclusive back-illumninated silicon sensor with anti-fringing coating. 20 x 20 µm view QE data below
BLAZE 400-B datasheet pdf 1340 x 400 Exclusive back-illumninated silicon sensor with anti-fringing coating. 20 x 20 µm view QE data below


Quantum Efficiency Curves for BLAZE

BLAZE QE curves


Fluorescence, Phosphorescence, and Photoluminescence Spectroscopy
Fluorescence, phosphorescence and photoluminescence occur when a sample is excited by absorbing photons and then emits them with a decay time that is characteristic of the sample environment.

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.

General Raman
The most common application of Raman spectroscopy involves the vibrational energy levels of a molecule. Incident laser light in the UV, visible or NIR, is scattered from molecular vibrational modes.

Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
SERS - Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

Resonance Raman Spectroscopy
Instead of fluorescence, some types of colored molecules produce strong Raman scattering at certain conditions. This effect was called Resonance Raman.

Stimulated Raman Scattering
Stimulated Raman scattering takes place when an excess of Stokes photons that were previously generated by normal Raman scattering are present or are deliberately added to the excitation beam.


C. Ma, G. Yang et al
The optical duality of tellurium nanoparticles for broadband solar energy harvesting and efficient photothermal conversion
Te nanoparticles improve solar energy conversion. Probing using Dark Field microspectroscopy.
H. Yoneyama, Hideaki Kano et al.
CARS molecular fingerprinting using sub-100-ps microchip laser source with fiber amplifier
Enabling ultrabroadband CARS, measuring molecular fingerprints of HeLa cells
C. Möhl, Jana Zaumseil et al
Trion-Polariton Formation in Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Microcavities
Understanding Nanotube devices using extended range Fourier Imaging Spectroscopy
J. Dziadkowiec, A. Royne et al
Surface Forces Apparatus measurements of interactions between rough and reactive calcite surfaces
Measuring surface forces with advanced, interferometric, imaging spectroscopy

Application Notes

Ultra-Multiplex CARS Spectroscopic Imaging of Living Cells
09/05/2019  Advanced Instrumentation Enables Improvements in High-Speed, Label-Free Imaging


Astronomy Brochure
Our state-of-the-art cameras, spectrometers, optics, and coatings are utilized at leading observatories around the world, providing the most innovative technologies to meet the very latest challenges.

Tech Notes

A New Dawn for NIR Spectroscopy - BLAZE
Breakthrough technology greatly enhanced NIR quantum efficiency, and enables superior quantitative spectroscopic measurements.

The Art and Science of Being Cool
An Introduction to ArcTec - the Newest Generation of Scientific Camera Cooling Technologies

Instrument Automation via National Instruments LabVIEW
03/04/2020  Teledyne Princeton Instruments provides robust documentation and building blocks to help most users perform their desired automation without any extra effort needed.



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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!

LS Series Lens Spectrographs

LS Series Lens Spectrographs

A high throughput, f/2 lens-based imaging spectrograph ideal for spectroscopists working in the near-IR region.

IntelliCal Spectral Calibration System

IntelliCal Spectral Calibration System

Fully automated, spectral calibration system - for up to 10x more wavelength accuracy and instrument independent results

SpectraPro HRS Spectrographs and Monochromators

SpectraPro HRS Spectrographs and Monochromators

High resolution monochromators and spectrographs with multi-port flexibility.

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