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New InGaAs Camera from Princeton Instruments

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Princeton Instruments has introduced a new member of the NIRvana® family of InGaAs imaging cameras, the NIRvana 640ST.

Princeton Instruments’ scientific-grade NIRvana camera series is the world’s first to utilize a deep-cooled indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) focal plane array for research. The new NIRvana 640ST has been designed for scientific imaging applications in the shortwave infrared (SWIR).

Amazing resolution and sensitivity from 900 to 1700 nm help make the NIRvana 640ST a perfect tool for standard SWIR fluorescence imaging, small animal imaging, astronomy, deep tissue imaging, and applications where short integration times in the SWIR region are required.

“The NIRvana 640ST is a very unique SWIR camera in today’s market,” explains Scott Young, imaging product manager at Princeton Instruments. “The instrument’s modular design facilitates its utilization for microscopy as well as spectroscopy applications, both in the life sciences and the physical sciences. The new camera builds on the field-proven success of our original NIRvana 640 by combining the advantages of the latest-generation 640 x 512 InGaAs array [peak quantum efficiency: >80%] with thermoelectric cooling and low-noise readout electronics so as to deliver the highest possible sensitivity for short-integration experiments in this important wavelength range.”

The NIRvana 640ST offers either built-in air or liquid cooling, or a combination of the two, for use in thermally and vibration-sensitive environments. It also features a Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) data interface that allows remote operation from up to 50 meters and delivers a maximum frame rate of 110 frames per second at full resolution.

This new camera is available with the latest Princeton Instruments LightField® data acquisition software, which affords complete control over all NIRvana hardware features via an exceptionally intuitive user interface.

LightField provides automatic defect correction, precision exposure control (up to minutes), and a host of innovative functions for easy capture and export of imaging and spectral data.

The NIRvana 640ST can be integrated into OEM systems using the PICAM SDK, a free software development kit from Princeton Instruments.