Sydor Fast CCD X-ray Detector

Revolutionary high speed, ultra-high QE, low noise X-ray camera

The Sydor Fast CCD is more than 100x faster than alternative soft x-ray CCDs and will acquire images at up to 120 fps.

The ultra-thin depletion contact is ideal forenergies below 0.5 keV up to 9 keV, making this detector single photon sensitive with extremely high QE. The fast acquisition will cut experimental times by hours, and in ptychography applications even days! The faster acquisition rates also allow samples to maintain fidelity while under exposure to X-rays.

In addition to the excellent framing performance Sydor’s detector has been shown to have a higher damage threshold than its competitors. Exposure damage requires significant spares inventory or may involve extensive downtime, both which can affect beamline users’ ability to meet critical deadlines.

Sydor Fast CCD

The exceptional quality of the Sydor Fast CCD, combined with its soft x-ray sensitivity, image acquisition speed, and low-noise performance make the detector ideal for ptychography, holography, diffraction and scattering experiments.

A Sydor Fast CCD package includes:

  • Fast CCD detector (flange or in-vacuum)
  • Optional rotation mounting/bulkhead engineering for detector
  • Mounts and cables
  • Power supply
  • Readout system
  • On-site installation and training

CCD X-ray Detector Features

  • Ultra-fast imaging allows data collection prior to samples being damaged from x-ray exposure
  • High QE performance, which is critical for experiments within the soft x-ray regime
  • Low noise performance allows for collection of single-photon events
  • Full depletion via ultra thin depletion contact, maintaining collection efficiency of ≥ 99% x-rays

CCD X-ray Detector Applications

  • Coherent Diffraction Imaging, Ptychography – 100x speed reduces experiment time by orders of magnitude
  • Pump-Probe Experiments
  • X-Ray Tomography
  • EUV and other applications requiring extreme QE direct measurements.

CCD Product Specifications

Detector Specifications

  • Chip Type: 200 um thick silicon, back illuminated with 10 nm thick depletion contact
  • Chip Size: 1,920 x 960 (max), 30 µm pixels, fully depleted
  • Read Noise: < 30 e-/pixel RMS
  • Dark Current @ 50 °C: < 1 e-/pixel/sec RMS
  • Electron Well Depth: 100k e/pixel (~600 650 eV photons)
  • Operating Temperature: -60 °C
  • Dynamic Range: 11.7 bits actual. 16 bit device
  • Frame Rate: 60 fps in Full Frame Mode, 120 fps in 1K Mode
  • Efficiency: 75% @ 200 eV, > 90% above 600 eV


  • Vacuum Compatibility: Flange mount or high vacuum designs
  • Cooling: External Chiller
  • Weight: < 1.5 kg
  • Camera Head Dimensions: 120 mm (L) x 80 mm (W) x 80 mm (H)


  • Software: Embedded EPICS IOC or stand-alone user interface
  • Electrical Vacuum Feedthrough: UHV compatible
  • Triggering: Software & external