Product News: Optics & Photonics

OEM Camera provides optimized spectroscopy in NIR.

Press Release Summary:

May 13, 2014 - Featuring Low Dark Current-Deep Depletion technology, iVac 316 NIR Spectroscopy Detector offers combination of high sensitivity in NIR region, high resolution of 15 µm pixels, and up to 95% quantum efficiency. Unit incorporates fringe suppression technology for ultra-low optical etaloning. Thermo-Electric cooling down to -60°C ensures that, by simultaneously minimizing dark current and maximizing NIR photon collection, best signal-to-noise can always be achieved for wide range of applications.

Andor Technology - South Windsor, CT

Original Press Release

Andor Launches New Ultrasensitive OEM Camera for Superior Spectroscopy in the NIR

Press release date: May 01, 2014

Research-grade performance in a robust and compact OEM package

Belfast -- Andor Technology Ltd., an Oxford Instruments company and world leader in scientific imaging and spectroscopy solutions, today announced the launch of its most sensitive, OEM-dedicated NIR spectroscopy detector to date. The iVac 316 offers the latest innovation in sensor technology with an unsurpassed combination of high sensitivity in the NIR region, high resolution 15 µm pixels and broadest spectral range (+10% greater than traditional spectroscopy sensors).  The ‘Low Dark Current – Deep Depletion’, or LDC-DD, technology builds on the benefits of traditional Back Illuminated - Deep Depletion (BI-DD) sensors but offers an order of magnitude lower dark current.

Andor’s iVac 316 LDC-DD combines superb dark current performance – over 10 times better than existing deep depletion CCD technologies - and up to 95% quantum efficiency, further incorporating fringe suppression technology for ultralow optical etaloning. Andor’s UltravacTM vacuum technology’s outstanding track record ensures that the best performance can be extracted from the CCD sensor year-after-year.

Thermo-Electric cooling down to -60oC ensures that, by simultaneously minimizing dark current and maximizing NIR photon collection, the best signal-to-noise can always be achieved for a wide range of applications. These approaches include Raman or photoluminescence-based benchtop systems in analytical laboratories, process control in industrial environments, and the growing and demanding area of spectrally-assisted diagnostics for clinicians in the medical field.

Dr Gerald Cairns, Application Specialist for Time Resolved and Spectroscopy at Andor, said, “We are excited about this new product and expect it to be a key enabler in a diversity of applications where there is an ever increasing demand for sensitivity and speed. Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopy in the NIR are important analytical techniques which will benefit from the iVac 316.”

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About Andor
Andor is a global leader in the pioneering and manufacturing of high performance scientific imaging cameras, spectroscopy solutions and microscopy systems for research and OEM markets. Andor has been innovating the photonics industry for over 20 years and continues to set the standard for high performance light measuring solutions, enabling its customers to break new ground by performing light measurements previously considered impossible. Andor’s digital cameras, are allowing scientists around the world to measure light down to a single photon and capture events occurring within 1 billionth of a second

Andor now has over 400 staff across 16 offices worldwide, distributing products to over 10,000 customers in 55 countries. Andor’s products are used in a wide range of applications including medical research to further the understanding of heart disease, cancer and neuronal diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Andor also has applications for forensic science and astronomy. Through continuous dialogue with customers and strong teamwork, Andor continues to innovate ground-breaking products that improve the world in which we live.

About Oxford Instruments plc
Oxford Instruments designs, supplies and supports high-technology tools and systems with a focus on research and industrial applications. Innovation has been the driving force behind Oxford Instruments' growth and success for over 50 years, and its strategy is to effect the successful commercialisation of these ideas by bringing them to market in a timely and customer-focused fashion.

The first technology business to be spun out from Oxford University, Oxford Instruments is now a global company with over 2300 staff worldwide and is listed on the FTSE250 index of the London Stock Exchange (OXIG).  Its objective is to be the leading provider of new generation tools and systems for the research and industrial sectors with a focus on nanotechnology. Its key market sectors include nano-fabrication and nano-materials. The company’s strategy is to expand the business into the life sciences arena, where nanotechnology and biotechnology intersect.

This involves the combination of core technologies in areas such as low temperature, high magnetic field and ultra high vacuum environments; Nuclear Magnetic Resonance; x-ray, electron, laser and optical based metrology; atomic force microscopy; optical imaging; advanced growth, deposition and etching.

Oxford Instruments aims to pursue responsible development and deeper understanding of our world through science and technology. Its products, expertise, and ideas address global issues such as energy, environment, security and health. 

Victoria Gault
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