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Intended for nanosecond time-resolved imaging, iStar scientific-grade ICCDs combine CCD sensor and gated image intensifier technologies for accelerated acquisitions and sensitivity down to one photon. Features include thermo-electric cooling to -40°C, 500 kHz photocathode gating rates, and intensifier EBI noise reduction. Timing accuracy, down to few tens of picoseconds, allows precise synchronisation of complex experiments through range of I/O triggering options.

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Andor Technology Launches the New iStar ICCD

Belfast, Northern Ireland - Andor Technology plc (Andor), a world leader in scientific imaging and spectroscopy solutions, today announced the launch of the new iStar range of scientific-grade ICCDs. With the introduction of the new iStar family, Andor redefines the standard of rapid, nanosecond time-resolved imaging and spectroscopy.

Andor's iStar extracts the very best from CCD sensor and gated image intensifier technologies, achieving a superior combination of rapid acquisitions rates and ultra-high sensitivity down to single photon. Exceptional detection performances are accessed through high quantum-efficiency image intensifiers, thermo-electric cooling to -40ºC, 500 kHz photocathode gating rates and enhanced intensifier EBI noise reduction.

Low jitter, low insertion delay gating electronics and nanosecond-scale optical gating provide excellent timing accuracy down to few 10's of picoseconds, allowing ultra-precise synchronisation of complex experiments through iStar's comprehensive range of input/output triggering options.

Antoine Varagnat, Product Specialist for Spectroscopy and Time-Resolved at Andor, said: "With the new iStar, Andor has added a new star to its portfolio of cutting-edge ICCDs, setting once again the standard for nanosecond time-resolved detection. The ultrafast new iStar platform can achieve amazing acquisition speeds of over 29,000 spectrum per second, while offering very low readout and thermal noise as well as intensifier boasting up to 50% QE for unrivalled sensitivity. This is truly a unique combination in this market".

Andor's new iStar range incorporates innovations that make its superior technology the most advanced ICCD on the market today, offering the ultimate in performance. The New iStar provides the most compact platform on the market, seamlessly interfacing to Andor's range of high-end spectrographs to provide best-in-class, fully integrated, pre-aligned and pre-calibrated detection solutions for the most challenging of spectroscopy applications.

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