Andor launches Very Large Area CCD for Direct X-Ray Detection

Andor launches Very Large Area CCD for Direct X-Ray Detection

16-Megapixel CCD camera platform for VUV and Soft X-Ray direct detection

Belfast, Northern Ireland, 25 November, 2015

Andor Technology (Andor), an Oxford Instruments company and world leader in scientific imaging and spectroscopy solutions, today announced the launch of the new iKon-XL ‘open-front’ (‘SO’) 16-Megapixel CCD camera platform for Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) and Soft X-Ray direct detection.

This new camera platform is based on back-illuminated CCD231-84 and CCD230-80 sensor variants from e2v (Chelmsford, UK) delivering up to 95% QE, with deep depletion options for enhanced sensitivity in the 4-10 keV region, down to 2 e- read noise and up to 350,000 e- pixel well depth. Its maintenance-free deep-TE cooling down to -75 °C greatly minimizes sensor dark current and enables the use of long exposure times for weak signal detection, without the need for inconvenient liquid nitrogen or cryo-coolers. The iKon-XL ‘SO’ is ideally suited for large field-of-view laboratory-based or synchrotron-based X-Ray Diffraction, X-Ray Plasma imaging and spectroscopy or X-ray microscopy experiments.

New ‘Extended Dynamic Range’ technology allows simultaneous access to the lowest noise and maximum well depth within one scan and is complemented by up to 18-bit digitization capability. Flexible connectivity is standard through either USB 3.0 or a long distance direct fiber-optic interface. Images can be read out at a range of readout speeds via either single or quad ports, the latter benefiting greatly from the particular design attention given to electronic stability and image quadrant balancing. The iKon-XL ‘SO’ comes with a standard DN160CF / 8” CF / CF-203 rotatable flange and a metal-to-metal knife-edge sealing interface for seamless integration with ultrahigh vacuum chambers.

Antoine Varagnat, Product Specialist at Andor Technology, said; “The new iKon-XL ‘SO’ further establishes Andor’s iKon CCD family as the market leading platform for challenging low-light and/or high dynamic range direct X-Ray detection. Superb detection performance and ease-of-use come as standard on the iKon-XL ‘SO’, with a user-friendly interface for a smooth integration into table-top laboratory setups and challenging synchrotron environments.“

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