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Cameras and detectors for time-resolved imaging and spectroscopy

iStar series from Andor Technology

Cameras and detectors for time-resolved spectroscopy and imaging have an image intensifier in front of the sensor. The image intensifier acts as an ultra-fast optical shutter for exposure times of a few nanoseconds. Because of the image intensifier’s high gain, extremely faint signals down to single photons can be detected.

The intensified CCD (Charge Coupled Device) und sCMOS (scientific Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) cameras of the iStar series from Andor Technology are characterized by scientific grade CCD and sCMOS sensors, fast gate electronics, and high-quality image intensifier.

The iStar 320 and 340 detectors have rectangular CCD sensors (1024 x 255 x 26 µm and 2048 x 512 x 13.5 µm pixels, respectively). They are mainly used for spectroscopy. The iStar 312 and 334 as well as the iStar sCMOS have square sensors (512 x 512 x 24 µm, 1024 x 1024 x 13 µm, and 2560 x 2160 x 6,5 µm pixels, respectively). They are designed for imaging. However, the iStar 334 is also often employed for spectroscopy applications.

Features
  • Ultra-short temporal resolution < 2 ns
  • Large selection of photocathodes optimized for UV, VIS and NIR
  • Photocathode gate repetition rate up to 500 kHz
  • Integrated Digital Delay Generator with comprehensive software control
  • Thermo-electrical cooling of CCD sensor to -40°C for negligible dark current

Further information

The intensified CCD detectors iStar 320 and 340 are designed to offer the ultimate integrated detection solution for ns-scale time-resolved spectroscopy. The 4:1 aspect ratio is ideally suited for use with Andor’s Shamrock Czerny-Turner spectrograph series. The iStar 320 and 340 offer multi-MHz digitization for fast acquisition of spectra in excess of 100 spectra/s. Special operation modes (Crop Mode and Fast Kinetics) enable high speed spectroscopy with more than 1,000 and 10,000 spectra/s, respectively.

The intensified cameras iStar 312, iStar 334, and iStar sCMOS with square sensors are designed to offer the ultimate integrated detection solution for high resolution, ns-scale time-resolved imaging.

The iStar 334 series is very versatile and is employed for both imaging and spectroscopy. It is the detector of choice for use with Andor’s Echelle spectrograph Mechelle 5000 for laser induced plasma and breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS).

The iStar sCMOS cameras acquire up to 50 frames/s at full resolution. Therefore, they are very suitable for PLIF, combustion and plasma discharge studies. In addition, they can be very well employed for hyperspectral imaging and the fast and simultaneous acquisition of several spectra in combination with multi-branch fibers (multi-track spectroscopy). The dual image mode of the sCMOS sensor makes the iStar sCMOS also ideal for particle image velocimetry (PIV).

Generation 2 and 3 image intensifiers with entrance input window and phosphor options are available to match wavelength range requirements from 120 nm to 1,100 nm and minimum gating speeds requirements < 2 ns. All iStar cameras come with laptop-friendly, USB connectivity and a fully integrated software-controlled digital delay generator. This allows seamless integration of complex experiments at the touch of a button with full timing and gain control through a single interactive interface.

Specification

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iStar_ICCD_imaging.pdf
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iStar intensified CCDs for ns time-resolved imaging
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iStar_ICCD_spectroscopy.pdf
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iStar intensified CCDs for ns time-resolved spectroscopy
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iStar_sCMOS.pdf
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iStar intensified sCMOS for ns time-resolved imaging and spectroscopy

Applications

Laser induced fluorescence
Time-resolved photoluminescence
Plasma and combustion studies
Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)
Transient absorption imaging and spectroscopy
Time-resolved Raman spectroscopy
Particle image velocimetry (PIV)

Downloads

PIV mode for iStar sCMOS
Liquid cooling system EXT-440
Software for Andor cameras and spectrographs
iStar brochure
Remote camera server

Reference customers

Title Author(s) Institute Year Spectrograph/
Detector
Plasma, Discharge
Optical emission spectroscopy of a HiPIMS plasma J. Held
V. Schulz-von der Gathen
Chair for Experimental Physics II,
Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
2018 iStar DH320T-25U-A3
Feasibility study of passive high resolution optical emission spectroscopy for the electric field measurements in IShTAR A. Kostic1,2,
K. Crombé1,3, R. D’Inca2,
J. Jacquot2,
R. Ochoukov2, A. Nikiforov1, M. Usoltceva1,2,4,
E. H. Martin5,
J.-M. Noterdaeme1,2, and the IShTAR team
1 Ghent University, Department of Applied Physics, Ghent, Belgium
2 Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching, Germany
3 LPP-ERM-KMS, TEC partner, Brussels, Belgium
4 Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
5 Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA
2017 iStar DH334T-18U-E3
Shamrock SR-750-B2
Automated 2D elemental mapping by Laser-Induced Breakdown  Spectroscopy G. Cairns1,
J. Kaiser2
1Andor Technology, Belfast, United Kingdom
2Institute of Physical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
2014

iStar DH734i-18F-031
Mechelle ME5000

Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy of Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) thin film solar cells D. Bartl Robert Bosch GmbH, Corporate Sector Research and Advance Engineering
Stuttgart, Germany
2013

iStar DH340T-18U-E3
Shamrock SR-500i-B1

Imaging of laser-induced plasma species M. Bator,
C. W. Schneider,
T. Lippert
Paul Scherrer Institute, Department General Energy, Villigen PSI, Switzerland 2013

iStar DH334T-18F-03

Time-resolved detection of Hydrogen in steel products R. Hergenröder Department of Interface Processes, Leibniz-Institute for Analytical Sciences - ISAS, Dortmund, Germany 2013

iStar DH720-18F-033

High-speed measurements of the electron beam size at KARA B. Kehrer1,
N. Hiller1,2,
P. Schütze3,
E. Bründermann1,
A. Müller1
1 KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany,
2 PSI, Villingen, Switzerland,
3 DESY, Hamburg, Germany
2018 iStar DH340T-18U-03
High sensitivity imaging of Thomson scattering signal S. Hübner,
J. Palomares,
J. J. A. M. van der Mullen
Department of Applied Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands 2011

iStar DH734-18U-631

Light emission profiles of a parallel plate dc micro discharge in different discharge modes I. Stefanovic Eperimental Physics II, University of Bochum, Germany 2011

iStar DH734-18F-031

Time-resolved optical emission spectroscopy of HiPIMS V. Stranak,
R. Hippler
Institute of Physics, University of Greifswald, Germany 2009

iStar DH740i-18U-032
Shamrock SR-500-B1

Fast Imaging of the Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge M. C. M. van de Sanden Department of Applied Physics, University of Technology Eindhoven, The Netherlands 2009

iStar DH734-18U-031

Plasmadiagnostik an Radikalen und Metastabilen mit Hilfe der laserinduzierten Fluoreszenz J. Barz Fraunhofer Institut für Grenzflächen- und  Bioverfahrenstechnik, Stuttgart, Deutschland 2007

iStar DH734i-18F-031
Dongwoo 750

Application of an Echelle spectrometer for 2D mapping of aluminum alloy surfaces using MicroLIBS M.T. Taschuk1,
M. Tripathi2,
A. Hanvey3,
R. Al-Wazzan3,
Y.Y. Tsui1 and
R. Fedosejevs1
1 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada,
2 Andor Technology, S. Windsor, USA , 3 Andor Technology, Belfast, United Kingdom
2007

iStar DH734-18U-131
iStar DH720-25F-033
Mechelle ME5000
Oriel Instruments MS260i

Zeitaufgelöste Spektroskopie von Glimmentladungen F. Olcaytug Institut für Mikrosystemtechnik, Universität Freiburg, Deutschland 2007

iStar DH720i-18U-053
Acton SpectraPro 500

Detection of Manganese in Sea Water Using Laser Induced Breakdown  Spectroscopy S. Koch,
W. Garen,
W. Neu
Faculty of Technology, University of Applied Science, Emden, Germany 2004

iStar DH734-25F-031
Acton SpectraPro 275

Fluorescence, Luminescence
Determination of triplet energies and decay times of light-emitting layers S. Brüninghoff Dept SO-ACP-7, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany 2015

iStar DH320T-18F-03
Shamrock SR-303i-A

Influence of the speciation of uranium on transfer factors measured by Time-Resolved Laser-induced Fluorescence Spectroscopy (TRLFS) F. Tawussi,
L. Lütke,
C. Walther
Institute for Radioecology and Radiation Protection, University of Hannover, Germany 2014

iStar DH334T-18F-A3
Shamrock SR-303i-A

Spektroskopie hochgeladener Ionen in einer kryogenen Paul- Falle L. Schmoeger,
O. Versolato,
B. Piest
Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Heidelberg, Deutschland 2013 iStar DH740-18U-032
High Enthalpy Flow Visualization using Laser Induced Fluorescence of Nitric Oxide M. Kirschner,
T. Sander,
C. Mundt
Institute of Thermodynamics, University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich, Neubiberg, Germany 2013 iStar DH334T-18F-E3
Determination of fluorescence lifetimes of solvated Eu(III) and Cm(III) ions using Time-Resolved Laser Fluorescence Spectroscopy (TRLFS) B. B. Beele1,2,
C. M. Ruff2,
T. Rabung 2,
P. J. Panak1,2
1Radiochemistry, University of Heidelberg, Germany
2Institute for Nuclear Waste Disposal,  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
2012

Star DH734-18F-631
Shamrock SR-303i-A

Laser induced fluorescence for detecting residual impurities  in optical thin films at 193 nm excitation C. Mühlig Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena, Germany 2011

iStar DH740i-18F-032
Shamrock SR-303i-B

Luminescence dynamics of a photosensitizer in a photocatalytic model system S. Göde Institute of Physics, University of Rostock, Germany 2010

iStar DH740i-18U-052
Shamrock SR-303i-B

Phosphoreszenz in organischen Halbleitern A. Köhler Experimental Physics II, University of Bayreuth, Germany 2008

iStar DH734-18F-C31
Oriel Instruments MS257

Laserinduzierte Fluoreszenz (LIF) zur Untersuchung der Defektkinetik in hochreinen synthetischen Quarzgläsern
C. Mühlig Leibniz Institut für Photonische Technolgien, Jena, Deutschland 2007 iStar DH734-18F-031
Oriel Instruments MS260i
Plasmadiagnostik an Radikalen und Metastabilen mit Hilfe der laserinduzierten Fluoreszenz J. Barz Fraunhofer Institut für Grenzflächen- und  Bioverfahrenstechnik, Stuttgart, Deutschland 2007

iStar DH734i-18F-031
Dongwoo 750

Synchrotron, Free Electron Laser
Spectrotemporal manipulation of ultrashort pulses
at the synchrotron light source DELTA
S. Khan,
C. Mai, A. Meyer auf der Heide,
P. Ungelenk
Zentrum für Synchrotronstrahlung (DELTA), Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany 2018
iStar DH334T-18U-E3
High-speed measurements of the electron beam size at KARA B. Kehrer1,
N. Hiller1,2,
P. Schütze3,
E. Bründermann1,
A. Müller1
1 KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany,
2 PSI, Villingen, Switzerland,
3 DESY, Hamburg, Germany
2018 iStar DH340T-18U-03
Characterization of ultrashort and coherent VUV pulses at the DELTA storage ring S. Khan1, F. H. Bahnsen1,
M. Bolsinger1, S. Hilbrich1,
M. Höner1, H. Huck1,2,
M. Huck1, M. Jebramcik1,
C. Mai1, A. Meyer auf der Heide1, R. Molo1, H. Rast1, G. Shayeganrad1, P. Ungelenk1
1 Zentrum für Synchrotronstrahlung (DELTA), Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany
2 now at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Zeuthen, Germany
2015

iStar DH334T-18U-E3

Measurement of alkali metal vapor density using interferometric methods for the proton driven wakefield accelerator at CERN F. Batsch,
P. Muggli,
E. Öz
Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich, Germany 2014

iStar DH334T-18F-73
Shamrock SR-750-D2-SIL

Spatial and spectral measurements of transition radiation emitted by an energetic electron bunch accelerated in a laser-driven plasma wakefield C. Palmer,
L. Schaper
Plasma Accelerator Group, DESY, Hamburg, Germany 2013

iStar DH334T-18U-03
Newton DU920N-BU2
Shamrock SR-303i-A

In-situ Pulse Laser Heating in Diamond Anvil Cells with time-resolved  temperature measurements Z. Konôpková1,
H.-P. Liermann1,
W. Morgenroth2
1Extreme Conditions Beamline, PETRA III, DESY, Hamburg, Germany
2Institute of Geoscience, Goethe University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany
2013

iStar DH320T-18U-73
Shamrock SR-303i-A-SIL

Single Shot Spectral Charcterisation of a SASE Free Electron Laser M. Martins,
M. Wellhöfer,
J. T. Hoeft,
W. Wurth
Institute of Experimental Physics, Unversity of Hamburg, Germany 2007

iStar DH740-18F-632

Semiconductor
Determination of triplet energies and decay times of light-emitting layers S. Brüninghoff Dept SO-ACP-7, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany 2015

iStar DH320T-18F-03
Shamrock SR-303i-A

Orts- und zeitaufgelöste Spektroskopie an dichten Exzitonen R. Schwartz Institute of Physics, University of Rostock, Germany 2010

iStar DH740-18U-632
Jobin-Yvon T64000

Phosphoreszenz in organischen Halbleitern A. Köhler Experimental Physics II, University of Bayreuth, Germany 2008

iStar DH734-18F-C31
Oriel Instruments MS257

Photovoltaics
Time-resolved photoluminescence of methylammonium
lead triiodide (MAPbI3) films
M. C. Scharber Linz Institute of Organic Solar Cells, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria 2019

iStar DH320U-18U-73
Shamrock SR-303i-A

Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy of Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) thin film solar cells D. Bartl Robert Bosch GmbH, Corporate Sector Research and Advance Engineering
Stuttgart, Germany
2013

iStar DH340T-18U-E3
Shamrock SR-500i-B1

Probing time resolved charge- transfer-excition recombination in organic solar cells by time- gated spectroscopy E. Da Como Department of Physics and Center for Nanoscience (CeNS), Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich, Germany 2011

iStar DH740-18U-932
Acton SpectraPro 300

Delayed emission of charge transfer states in organic solar cells F. Laquai Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany 2010

iStar DH740-18U-732
Shamrock SR303i-B

Quantum Optics
Real-time imaging of quantum entanglement R, Fickler1,2,
M. Krenn1,2,
R. Lapkiewicz1,2,
S. Ramelow1,2,3,
A. Zeilinger1,2
1Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Austria
2Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria
3Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
2014

iStar DH334T-18F-03

Liquid
Triplet solvation dynamics in hydrogen bonding liquids in hard and soft confinements V. Talluto1,
C. Böhmer1,
T. Walther1,
T. Blochowicz2
1Institute of Applied Physics, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany
2Institute of Condensed Matter Physics, Technical University Darmstadt, Germany
2013

iStar DH340T-18F-03
Shamrock SR-500i-A

Biophysics
Photocycle Kinetics R. Hagedorn Institute of Biology, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany 2009

iStar DH734-18F-A31
Shamrock SR-303i-A

Remarks:
1iStar 734 replaced by iStar 334
2iStar 740 replaced by iStar 340
3iStar 720 replaced by iStar 320

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