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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


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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 400HRdatasheet 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 100LDdatasheet 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


Quantum Efficiency Curves for BLAZE

BLAZE QE curves


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.


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

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



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