Scientific CMOS Camera

PI KURO camera

The KURO® is the first back-illuminated scientific CMOS camera. With high sensitivity and fast frame rates the KURO is optimal for applications such as hyperspectral imaging, astronomy, cold-atom imaging, quantum imaging, fluorescence spectroscopy, and high-speed spectroscopy

  • >95% QE, back-illuminated sCMOS
  • 1.5 e- (rms) read noise
  • High UV sensitivity
  • High speed
  • Large pixels

Key Features

QE curve graph

Highly Sensitive

Using a back-illuminated sCMOS detector, the KURO is able to deliver >95% quantum efficiency with 100% fill factor matching that of the most sensitive CCD detectors available.

With no masked pixel area, the KURO is able to recapture light regardless of the incident angle, ensuring maximum photon capture.

Reduced Fixed-Pattern Noise

Latest sCMOS fabrication technology allows the KURO to provide a significantly better noise profile than any previous-generation, front-illuminated sCMOS camera.

High Speed, Low Read Noise

With an extremely low 1.3 e- (rms) read noise, the KURO is able to deliver high quality images with very low signal.

Taking advantage of sCMOS architecture, the KURO 1200B delivers high frame rates of 82 fps (12 bits) or 41 fps (16 bits), with the KURO 2048B delivering 47 fps (12 bits) or 23 fps (16 bits).

Large Pixel Size

Taking advantage of an 11 μm2 pixel pitch the KURO sensor captures 2.8x more photons than previous generation sCMOS sensors. Each pixel is also capable of handling a large full well of 80,000 electrons, allowing for excellent dynamic range.

Lightfield Graph

Powered by LightField Software

Powerful and intuitive software with built-in math engine allows for the complete control of cameras and spectrographs, with real-time image analysis and spectral data.

LightField software provides seamless integration of hardware controls and direct data acquisition into programs such as National Instruments’ LabVIEW® and MathWorks’ MATLAB®. This software also fully supports IntelliCal automated wavelength and intensity calibration.

The KURO can also be fully controlled by PICAM SDK, eliminating any overhead that can occur when communicating through other development environments.

Family Specifications

Pixel size 11 x 11 μm
Full well 80 000 e-
Readout noise 1.3 e- rms
Supported interfaces High-speed USB 3.0
Sensor Type Back-illuminated scientific CMOS
Sensor cooling Air -10℃
Liquid assist -25℃
Dark Current 1.9 e-/p/s/ at -10℃
0.7 e-/p/s at -25℃

Camera Models

Imaging array (pixels)
Frame rates at full resolution
Max exposure time

KURO 1200B

Imaging array (pixels)

1200 x 1200

Frame rates at full resolution

82 fps/12 bit,
41 fps/16bit

Max exposure time

10 sec

Imaging array (pixels)
Frame rates at full resolution
Max exposure time

KURO 2048B

Imaging array (pixels)

2048 x

Frame rates at full resolution

47 fps/12 bit,
23 fps/16 bit

Max exposure time

30 ms


Current Research

Customer Stories

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Published Research

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