Hybrid sensor technology to revolutionize high-end spectroscopy

13 March 2006

Princeton Instruments/ Acton, has launched a new sensor technology that the company claims will revolutionize spectroscopy and push experimental limits to a new level.

Dr. Antoinette O’Grady described the new technology at the Photonics West conference in January. The new technology has a detector that combines near 100% quantum efficiency, speed-independent sub-electron readout noise and negligible dark current with virtually unlimited dynamic range.

The technology, known as Hybrid Sensor Technology, combines the key benefits of both CCDS and CMOS sensor technology to yield a dedicated spectroscopy detector, that has unparalleled sensitivity and speed. It combines the unparalleled sensitivity of CCDs with the high speed, low noise, analog and digital signal processing capabilities of CMOS.  When combined with PI/Acton’s proven camera technology incorporating a permanent vacuum process and -100C deep cooling, this 16.8mm x 6mm dedicated spectroscopy detector can achieve thousands of spectra per second at sub-electron readout noise. 

“Hybrid Sensor Technology heralds a completely new era in high end spectroscopy”, commented John Knapton, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, “for the first time researchers will not have to compromise quantitative experimental measurements or speed in extremely low light conditions”.

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