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Products: PIXIS-XF Indirect Detection

image of PIXIS-XF Indirect Detection

Outstanding Flexibility for Medium-Energy Applications

The PIXIS-XF series of low-noise cameras utilizes front- and back-illuminated CCDs for indirect imaging of x-rays via specially designed phosphor screens and other Lambertian sources. The unique mechanical design of the PIXIS-XF, whose fiberoptic faceplate extends outside the vacuum, offers outstanding flexibility for optimizing performance at a specific x-ray energy. Dual-speed operation at 100 kHz or 2 MHz enables these cameras to be used for steady-state as well as high-speed applications.

NOTE: Quad-RO fiber coupled cameras have been discontinued. Please consider the PIXIS-XF series of cameras as an alternative

Notable features include:

  • Choice of front- or back-illuminated CCDs (1024 x 1024 or 2084 x 2084 pixel array; 13 x 13 µm or 13.5 x 13.5 µm pixel size)
  • Sensitivity in X-ray energy range from < 3KeV to >20KeV
  • High Speed USB 2.0 interface
  • Flexible dual-amplifier readout design
  • Unique mechanical design for easy phosphor replacement
  • Full experiment control via 64-bit LightField software (optional)


Fantastic flexibility.

Princeton Instruments PIXIS-XF systems provide 100% fill factor, a 1:1 fiberoptic ratio, ultra-low-noise electronics, thermoelectric cooling, and a compact design for worry-free operation in research and OEM environments. Applications include x-ray microtomography, x-ray diffraction, CRT / streak tube readout, and industrial and medical imaging. Change phosphors in the field to optimize performance at the desired x-ray energy; GdOS:Tb phosphor screens are available for 8 and 17 keV.

Please contact us for specific x-ray energy phosphor requirements.


x-ray MCT
Simulated fluid streamlines through the pore space in a coral. Image courtesy of Dr. Tim Senden, ANU, Canberra, Australia.


Sensitivity in X-ray energy range from ~ 3keV to 20 keV:
  • X-ray computed microtomography
  • X-ray medical and industrial imaging
energy range
Unique phosphor replacement design delivers:
  • Flexibility to exchange phosphors in the field to optimize camera performance to match X-ray energy
Dual-amplifier readout design delivers:
  • Ultimate flexibility to optimize system performance
  • Reduced read noise for weak signals with high sensitivity amplifier
  • Increased effective dynamic range with high capacity amplifier
sensor image
High-speed, USB 2.0 interface:
  • Industry standard computer interface without the need for additional hardware
  • Seamless plug-and-play connectivity with the latest desktops and laptops
  • True 16-bit data transfer at 2MHz readout speed
Powerful 64-bit software delivers:
  • Intutive and cutting edge user interface

  • Easily automates background, flatfield and defect correction

  • Universal programming interface - PICAM (64 bit) - for easy custom programming

PIXIS-XF Indirect Detection model comparison and datasheets

Model Imaging Array Pixel Size Energy Range Quantum Efficiency Sensor Type
XF-1024F datasheet pdf 1024 x 1024 13 x 13 µm <3.5 kev - >150 kev. 32% at 550 nm front-illuminated
XF-1024B datasheet pdf 1024 x 1024 13 x 13 µm <3.5 kev - >150 kev. 97% at 550 nm back-illuminated
XF-2048F datasheet pdf 2048 x 2048 13.5 x 13.5 µm <3.5 kev - >150 kev. 32% at 550 nm front-illuminated
XF-2048B datasheet pdf 2048 x 2048 13.5 x 13.5 µm <3.5 kev - >150 kev. 97% at 550 nm back-illuminated


Coherent X-Ray Diffraction
X-ray diffraction is a technique for studying the characteristics of matter such as macromolecules, crystals, powders, polymers, and fibers.

Soft X-Ray Microscopy
Soft X-ray Microscopy is used for imaging and researching the elemental composition and structure of biological samples and more.

EUV Lithography
EUV lithography is gaining popularity because it retains the look and feel of the traditional optical lithography process (i.e., utilizes the 13.5 nm wavelength) and uses the same basic design tools.

Streak Tube Readout
Streak tube readout is commonly used to obtain intensity vs. spatial or spectral information over time periods of picoseconds to nanoseconds.

Micro-Computed Tomography
Micro Computer Tomography is a unique technique for the noninvasive, nondestructive 3D characterization of materials down to a micrometer scale.

Application Notes

X-ray ┬ÁCT provides nondestructive, high-resolution 3D imaging for research and industrial applications
Author: Sebastian
X-ray computed microtomography uses high-resolution, widedynamic- range CCD cameras, high-resolution scintillators, either synchrotron x-ray sources or microfocus x-ray tubes, and software algorithms designed to reconstruct 3D images.

This note describes several examples of XPCS in which high-performance CCD systems from Princeton Instruments can be used to capture microscopic, low x-ray-flux images.


X-Ray Camera Brochure
Comprehensive information on direct and indirect X-ray detection technologies from Princeton Instruments. Includes related application and technical notes.


Product Manuals
Download operation manuals for Princeton Instruments cameras, spectrometers, and accessories from our ftp site.


LightField Scientific Imaging & Spectroscopy Software

LightField Scientific Imaging & Spectroscopy Software

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