Astronomy Brochure


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ANDOR CAMERAS FOR ASTRONOMY Andor is the partner of choice for professional astronomers first and foremost due to the quality of our cameras. It places into the hands of the user a tool of unparalleled flexibility and functionality, which has been built into a robust and reliable framework. The hardware and software design allows seamless integration into a system of any complexity. It is therefore no surprise that when looking for a cutting edge, reliable camera to operate in some of the world’s most challenging conditions and sites, people look to Andor. Why ‘off-the-shelf’? Increasingly...

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r vice and Production Knowle We say we are driven; not only do we continually seek new challenges, we strive to improve what we presently offer. The most important motivation for this drive is the Andor user community. ANDOR DRIVEN TO EXCEL 1997 Introduce first vacuum technology which became UltraVac 1999 First dedicated imaging camera Large area camera, iKon-L 2007 Clara, the deepest cooled and most sensitive interline CCD iXon EMCCD Camera, introducing groundbreaking EMCCD technology Andor’s Added Value 2012 Introduction of EX2 Technology offering extended QE response RealGain and EMCal...

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CONSTELLATIONS OF ANDOR CAMERAS Which type of camera do I need? Typical Applications Applications that require a Large Solar Astronomy, Lucky Imaging, Field of View; on top of Fast Frame Speckle Imaging, Exoplanets, Rate, Low Noise, Temporal and Near Earth Objects [NEO] High Spatial Resolution. To help you choose we have listed the main attributes of the three different camera types along with some suitable applications. Zyla 5.5 sCMOS Neo 5.5 sCMOS Typical Applications Applications with low Photon Flux, demanding Fast Frame Rate with High QE and Temporal resolution Typically < 40 Photons...

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EMCCD TECHNOLOGY EMCCDs operate by amplification of weak signal events to a signal level that is well clear of the read noise floor of the camera, at any readout speed. Importantly, this ‘on-chip’ amplification process is realized without sacrificing the photon collection capability of the sensor. Back-illuminated sensors offer greater than 90% Quantum Efficiency (QE). The single photon sensitivity of EMCCDs renders them unbeatable in the low light regime of few to tens of incident photons per pixel. This may sound very low, but there are a surprising amount of applications that fall within...

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iXon EMCCD Range The iXon portfolio encompasses a number of model variations, offering solutions for a wide range of application requirements. Whether your ultrasenstive requirements need further refinement by demands on speed, resolution, field of view or wavelength dependence, the iXon series of market-leading EMCCD cameras will provide a solution. iXon Series Ultimate Sensitivity... Supercharged Ultimate Sensitivity Field of View and Sensitivity Lightning Speed and Sensitivity Pixel format Pixel size Frame rate 56 fps (595 fps with 128 x 128 cropped mode) 35 fps (395 fps with 128 x 128...

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Ultimate Sensitivity...Supercharged! The significant speed boost offered in the iXon Ultra 897 facilitates a new level of temporal resolution attainment. This is ideal for speed-challenged low-light applications such as Speckle Imaging, adaptive optics, Gamma Ray Bursts (GRB) and Lucky Imaging. The extremely low noise of the iXon Ultra 897, coupled with the new overclocked speed performance, will place this model at the forefront when it comes to upgrading any existing systems or building the latest cutting edge setup. Key Specifications Active pixels Active area pixel wall depth (e ) With...

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Field of View and Sensitivity Lightning Speed and Sensitivity The largest camera FOV of the EMCCD range, the iXon3 888 array size warrants its use in a dedicated imaging role. However, the iXon3 platform flexibility means this is more than a one trick camera. It has been used for many applications, including Solar Astronomy, where EMCCD and larger images where required. A camera for the full picture! Key Specifications Active pixels Pixel size (µm) Active area pixel wall depth (e ) Frame rate (fps; full frame) This incredible speed augment with the EM capability of the camera has made it...

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EMCCD Case Studies Flickering Aurora Earth-like Exoplanets High Temporal Resolution Measurement Gravitational Microlensing The beautiful light displays known as aurora occur when energetic charged particles collide with atoms in the high-altitude regions of the atmosphere. One type of aurora, known as flickering aurora, rapidly fluctuates in a manner similar to the reaction of a candle’s flame to a sudden draft of air. Researchers from Tohoku University in Japan used an Andor iXon Electron Multiplying CCD (EMCCD) astronomy camera to learn more about flickering aurora. This type of aurora...

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Scientific CMOS (sCMOS) is a breakthrough technology that offers an advanced set of features that render it ideal to high fidelity, quantitative scientific measurement, overcoming many of the performance drawbacks and trade-offs associated with CCDs. (SCIENTIFIC CMOS) sCMOS TECHNOLOGY This evolutionary camera is becoming the imager of choice for a gamut of astronomical applications. It is already popular with solar astronomers imaging the entire sun due to high spatial resolution and fast frame rates, enhancing observation of solar activities to realise new insights. The same camera can...

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sCMOS Case Studies Transit of Venus This incredibly high resolution image was taken of Venus just as it began its transit across the face of the sun. The single frame was taken from a continuous observation run of the 2012 transit of Venus. It was captured at Hawaii’s Subaru Telescope, using a Zyla camera. The transit of Venus is a beautiful but rare event, due to the orbits of the planets, with the next occurrence on the 10–11th December 2117. It has a historical status in the annals of astronomy because observations taken during the 1639 transit allowed the solar system to be measured....

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All Andor Technology catalogs and technical brochures

  1. Optistat

    11 Pages

  2. BC43

    13 Pages

  3. Sona sCMOS

    9 Pages

  4. iXon EMCCD

    13 Pages

  5. MicroPoint

    7 Pages

  6. iVac OEM 2

    2 Pages

  7. Newton EMCCD

    16 Pages

  8. iQ Software

    12 Pages

  9. sCMOS

    16 Pages

  10. Darkcurrent

    3 Pages

  11. Revolution

    23 Pages

  12. Clara Flyer

    2 Pages

  13. Revolution DSD

    11 Pages

  14. iXon

    33 Pages

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