An overview of Andor's solutions for Astronomy

Two interacting galaxies, M51 (Whirlpool Galaxy) and NGC 5195. Courtesy of Prof. Andrzej Pigulski, Wroclaw University, Poland

The high sensitivity, ultra-low noise performance of Andor Technology's vacuum Thermoelectric (TE) cooled CCD and Electron Multiplying CCD (EMCCD) cameras is well suited to a diversity of demanding astronomy applications.

The industry-leading TE vacuum cooling of the large area iKon CCD range, enable extensive field of view observation, coupled with long exposure times for deep space imaging. EMCCD technology (in the form of Andor's award-winning iXon3 EMCCD Camera range) has proven highly effective for Single Photon Counting, Lucky Astronomy and also Adaptive Optics.

Now, Andor have brought EMCCD single photon sensitivity to the mainstream astronomy community with the new low-cost Luca EMCCD cameras.

26 Sep 2006 Andor Cameras Help Astronomers Find Planets Around Distant Stars

The choice whether or not to opt for EMCCD for astronomy depends very much on your ability to employ longer exposure times to collect enough signal.

The rule of thumb is that if long exposures and slower pixel readout speeds can routinely be employed, such that enough photons can be collected to significantly overcome the read noise floor, then a low-noise, deep-cooled, back illuminated iKon slow-scan camera platform is recommended.

Finally, it should be remembered that EMCCDs can essentially be made single photon sensitive and can even be used to count individual photons!

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The bright star survey telescope for the planetary transit survey in Antarctica
Evaluation of genetic damage in tobacco and arsenic exposed population of Southern Assam, India using buccal cytome assay and comet assay
Chloroquine-induced glioma cells death is associated with mitochondrial membrane potential loss, but not oxidative stress
First Demonstration of Imaging Cosmic Muons in a Two-Phase Liquid Argon TPC using an EMCCD Camera and a THGEM
The state of Pluto's atmosphere in 2012–2013
Study of three 2013 novae: V1830 Aql, V556 Ser and V809 Cep
The influence of the tube diameter on the properties of an atmospheric pressure He micro-plasma jet
Optimising the signal-to-noise ratio in measurement of photon pairs with detector arrays
Statistics of twin-beam states by photon-number resolving detectors up to pump depletion
The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox in twin images
Spatial properties of twin-beam correlations at low-to high-intensity transition
Coherence properties of high-gain twin beams generated in pump-depletion regime
The planetary nebula IPHASXJ211420. 0+ 434136 (Ou5): insights into common-envelope dynamical and chemical evolution
Precursor flares in OJ 287
Comprehensive time series analysis of the transiting extrasolar planet WASP-33b
The influence of non-imaging detector design on heralded ghost-imaging and ghost-diffraction examined using a triggered ICCD camera
Finding Very Small Near-Earth Asteroids using Synthetic Tracking
EMCCD photometry reveals two new variable stars in the crowded central region of the globular cluster NGC 6981
The Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS)
High-speed photometry of faint cataclysmic variables-VIII. Targets from the Catalina Real-time Transient Survey

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