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”.