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    Sensors & Cameras

    For over 20 years, Finger Lakes Instrumentation (FLI), acquired by IDEX Health & Science in 2018, has provided cooled CCD cameras for scientific applications. Life science OEMs have relied on us to provide thousands of cameras with exceptional value and consistent batch-to-batch performance. University and government research labs have looked to us for low volume solutions with optimized specifications.We have supported CCDs from ON Semi (formerly Kodak), Sony, Teledyne e2v, Hamamatsu, and Fairchild. In recent years, we’ve added scientific CMOS cameras, including board level imagers for integration into customers’ sub-systems. We will work with you to select the sensor technology that best fits your needs. IDEX Health & Science can then provide anything from an imaging system to a complete subsystem integrating optics, filters, illumination, and fluidics.

    ProLine, MicroLine, and Hyperion Cameras for CCDs

    ProLine, MicroLine, and Hyperion cameras have long set the standards for price/performance for scientific CCD imaging. ProLines offer dual digitization channels for lowest noise at low and high speeds. They also provide power and USB for our accessories such as filter wheels and focusers. MicroLine cameras are small and lightweight, yet deliver extraordinary performance in cooling, noise, frame quality, and digitization bit-depth. MicroLines and Hyperions share electronics in differently shaped housings to satisfy customers’ spacing requirements.



    Kepler Cameras for CMOS and CCDs

    Kepler cameras add CMOS and high speed to our offerings. The back-illuminated KL400 has a peak quantum efficiency of 95% and delivers 24 16-bit frames/second with 1.5 electrons noise. In 12-bit mode, an 80 x 2000 subarray can exceed 1000 frames/second. The large areas of the KL4040 (37 x 37 mm) and KL6060 (61 x 62 mm) are alternatives to complex step-scanning solutions. We will continue to add new CMOS sensors to address customers’ needs.Kepler KL cameras include USB 3.0 interfaces as well as a QSFP (quad small form factor pluggable) cages for high speed fiber optic communication. Air cooling and plumbing for liquid circulation are standard. Electromechanical shutters are optional to ease acquisition of bias and dark images for calibration.
    The Kepler platform also supports deep cooled versions of large format back-illuminated CCDs such as the Teledyne e2v CCD230-42 and CCD230-84.




    Sensors in all cameras are deep cooled in long-life maintenance-free sealed chambers. Regulated cooling stabilizes results for improved calibration. Cooling also minimizes thermally generated dark signal and maximizes dynamic range.


    Camera Capabilities

    KL400 FI KL400 BI KL4040 MLx285 MLx695 ML4710 BLx183*
    Sensor Architecture Front Illuminated Back Illuminated Front Illuminated Front Illuminated Front Illuminated Back Illuminated Back Illuminated
    Peak QE % 58% 95% 74% 62% 75% 95% 83%
    Pixel Size (µm) 11 11 9 6.45 4.54 13 2.4
    Array Size 4MP (2K x 2K) 4MP (2K x 2K) 16MP (4K x 4K) 1.3MP (1360 x 1024) 6MP (2750 x 2200) 1MP (1K x 1K) 20MP (5472 x 3648)
    Sensor Area 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm 36.9 mm x 36.9 mm 8.8 mm x 6.6 mm 12.5 mm x 10.0 mm 13.3 mm x 13.3 mm 16.1 mm x 12.6 mm
    Diagonal 31.9 mm 31.9 mm 52.1 mm 11 mm 16 mm 18.8 mm 15.86 mm
    Full Well 120ke- 92ke- 70ke- 18ke- 17ke- 100ke- ~14ke-
    Bit-Depth 12/16 12/16 12/16 16 16 16 12
    Spectrum Capability 400 – 1000 nm 200 – 1000 nm 300 – 1000 nm 300 – 1000 nm 300 – 1000 nm 200 – 1000 nm 400 – 1000 nm
    Dark Current 0.2 eps @ -20C 0.4 eps @ -20C 0.15 eps @ -20C 0.001 eps @ -25C 0.0007 eps@ -30C 0.2 eps @ -30C 2.9 eps @ 25C
    Read Noise 1.5 e- 1.6 e- 3.7 e- 4.5 e- 3 e- 10 e- ~4 e-
    Shutter Type Rolling Rolling Rolling Electronic Electronic Mechanical Rolling
    Frame Rate 24/48 24/48 24 4 1.4 1.4 25
    Cooling delta 45C delta 45C delta 40C delta 60C delta 60C delta 60C Temp Stabilized
    Interface USB3/QSFP USB3/QSFP USB3/QSFP USB2 USB2 USB2 Custom
    Binning No No No Yes Yes Yes No
    *Estimated performance based on custom needs of OEMs.


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