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Andor社製 iStarシリーズは、イメージインテンシファイア付きのCCDとsCMOSで、イメージングセンサー技術の粋を結集したカメラです。

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  iStar sCMOS
  • 4,000 fpsとspsまでの優れたスピード
  • 高感度・超低ノイズ
  • 最新 超高速分光法とマルチトラック
  • Ultimate timing accuracy with <2 ns gating
  • フルスピード範囲
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ナノ秒時間分解アプリケーション

量子力学

量子エンタングルメントは、長い距離を離れていても二つの粒子が互いに結びつきを維持しているときに生じる現象で、片方の粒子に対する作用がもう片方の粒子にも影響を及ぼすという状態をいいます。アインシュタインは、量子エンタングルメントを「奇妙な遠隔作用」と呼びました。成長分野と目される量子計算および量子暗号の基礎となるのが量子エンタングルメントの実態把握です。

Star sCMOSの高速シャッタ機能と高い感度によって、エンタングルメント状態にある光子とエンタングルメント状態にない光子を高い確率で識別できるようになりました。

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Plasma Diagnostics

Plasmas can be artificially produced by different means (e.g. laser ablation, coupling of capacitive / inductive power source to ionised gas, …). The understanding of their properties and dynamics is relevant to a number fields such as fusion, thin films deposition, micro-electronics, material characterization, display systems, surface treatment, fundamental physics, environmental & health.

Gated detectors can be used to determine optical parameters from which fundamental plasma properties can be derived. Accurate nanosecond-scale gating of image intensifier-based detectors can be used to sample plasma dynamics, or to isolate the useful plasma information generated by pulsed lasers.

Further reading
Case Study: Thomson Scattering
Case Study: Colliding Plasmas and Stagnation Layers

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LIBS 

Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is used to determine the elemental composition of various solids, liquids and gases.  A high power laser pulse is focused on to a sample to create a plasma. Emission from the atoms and ions in the plasma is collected and analysed by a spectrograph and gated detector to determine the elemental composition or the elemental concentrations in the sample.

The gating capabilities of the iStar are used to efficiently shutter the laser, while also isolating the useful atomic information from the initial broadband Bremsstrahlung continuum.

Further Reading
Case Study: Automated 2D elemental mapping by LIBS
Case Study: Stand-off LIBS
Webinar: Basic Principles of LIBS

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Elemental images obtained by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy showing the bio-distribution of Iron (Fe), Phosphorous (P) and Gold (Au) in a murine kidney

Flow & Spray Analysis, Combustion Processes

Planar laser-induced fluorescence (PLIF) is one of the primary techniques used in fluid dynamics Research to non-invasively access information on the dynamics and chemistry of heated flows and flames. It is based on a (pulsed) laser with a beam optically shaped into a sheet of light , which then traverses the flow/flame to analyse and excites the fluorescent species crossing the laser beam path. The fluorescence is then imaged onto a gated detector to shutter the unwanted laser pulse.

The iStar sCMOS high frame rates comfortably meets the requirement of Nd:YAG-based PLIF setups running typically at 15 Hz.It also provides excellent dynamic range and sensitivity compared to CCD or Interline-based gated detectors.

The rapid frame-pair acquisition mode suits flow analysis by PLIF-PIV, with the gating capabilities of the iStar sCMOS allowing high unwanted background rejection.

Further Reading
Case Study: Combustion Spectroscopy

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Flow Mechanics

Non-Linear Optics 

This broad definition includes techniques such as Sum Frequency Generation (SFG) or second, third of high harmonic generation (SHG, THG and HHG respectively).

The iStar gating capabilities are used to precisely isolate useful signal information while preventing unwanted background.

Further reading
Case Study: Characterization of Ultrashort and VUV Pulses

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Interference fringes of Coherent harmonic generation (CHG) radiation from a double-slit experiment

Time-Resolved Luminescence

Pulsed Luminescence / Fluorescence / Photoluminescence / Radioluminescence imaging and spectroscopy techniques are used for a large variety of applications including study of metal complex, organic LEDs, quantum dots, cell dynamics, stand-off chemical compounds detection, scintillators characterization.

Gated detectors are used to shutter the unwanted pulsed excitation source, but also to characterise species luminescence decay.

The gating capabilities and accuracy of the iStar series allow study of luminescence decay behaviours down to the nanosecond range. The iStar photocathode options allow to closely match the luminescence spectral characteristics of the sample for both imaging and spectroscopy studies.

Further reading
Case Study: Fluorescence Lifetimes
Case Study: Laser Induced Fluorescence Spectroscopy

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Time-Resolved Luminescence

ニーズに合わせた特別設計オプション

iStarシリーズは、高いダイナミックレンジを維持する一方で、イメージングや分光測定のため高ダイナミックレンジのセンサーを搭載しています。

さらに、検出効率の最大化のため、イメージインテンシファイアとの連結部にファイバカップリングを採用しました。従来のレンズカップリング方式では、効率の低下、画像の口径食やゆがみといった問題が発生していためです。

モデルiStar CCD 312iStar CCD 320iStar CCD 334iStar CCD 340iStar sCMOS
ピクセル数512 x 5121024 x 2561024 x 10242048 x 5122560 x 2160
ピクセルサイズ(μm)24261313.56.5
高空間分解能/高スペクトル分解能--YesYesYes
高イメージングレートYes---Yes
高スペクトルレートYesYesYes-Yes
狭帯域分光法YesYesYesYesYes
同時広帯域分光法-Yes-Yes-
拡張マルチトラックYes-Yes-Yes

Comprehensive on-board Digital Delay Generator (DDG™)

Latest generation of ultra low-jitter, ultra-low insertion delay electronics for accurate timing and synchronization of sensor, image intensifier gating and external hardware.

  • Gate width and steps setting with 10 ps accuracy
  • 3 triggering outputs adjustable with 10 ps accuracy

State-of-the art gater technology – ultrafast photocathode shuttering

  • True optical gating < 2 ns - accurate transient phenomena study
  • Intelligate™ - MCP gating for increased shuttering efficiency in the UV.
  • 500 kHz sustained photocathode gating - Maximizes signal-to-noise ratio in high repetition rate laser-based applications

The response of an ICCD is governed by the Quantum Efficiency (QE) of the intensifier tube, which is determined by the combination of the input window and the photocathode. The input window usually determines the lower wavelength limit while the photocathode determines the long wavelength response.

Andor iStar integrates the latest generation of market-leading intensifiers with ultrafast response, high resolution and low-noise multi alkali-based Gen 2 and filmless GaAs-based Gen 3 types, gating down to the nanosecond regime, response from VUV (129 nm) to SWIR (1,100 nm) and peak QE up to 50%

Gen 2 photocathodes

Gen 3 photocathodes

PhotocathodeTypeCoveragePeak QE (typ)Min. gating speedRecommendations
-03Gen 2180-850 nm18%<2 nsPlasma imaging, LIBS, transient luminescence and absorption, combustion (LIF/PLIF)
-04Gen 2180-850 nm18%<2 nsP46 phosphor for ultrafast kinetics
-05Gen 2120-850 nm16%<5 nsMgF2 window for VUV spectroscopy
-13Gen 2180-920 nm13.5%<50 nsNIR transient photoluminescence
-63Gen 3280-760 nm48%<2 nsBest sensitivity for VIS transient luminescence, plasma studies and photon counting
-73Gen 3280-910nm26%<2 nsBest NIR sensitivity for VIS-IR transient luminescence, plasma studies and photon counting
-83Gen 2180-850nm25%<100 nsSlow transient studies with maximum UV collection
-93Gen 3180-850 nm4%<3 nsNIR to IR transient photoluminescence
-A3Gen 3280-810nm40%<2 nsBest sensitivity for VIS-NIR transient luminescence, plasma studies and photon counting
-E3Gen 2180-850 nm22%<2nsBest compromise between high QE in the UV and ns gating - ideal for LIBS, transient luminescence and absorption, plasma studies, combustion(LIF/PLIF)
Fiber-optic coupling to sensor - maximum throughput Phosphor - conversion of photoelectroncs into green photons Micro Channel Plate (MCP) - photoelectroncs amplification Fast-gated photocatode and substrate

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持続的なフルフレームイメージングレート(fps) 最大持続スペクトルレート(sps)

* 2x2 binning (13 µm pix.), effective 1.4 MP

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