Photon Counting Cameras

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Sydor Technologies is the exclusive sales and applications partner for Photek products in North America, and Sydor integrates and packages utilizing Photek and other systems to provide unique capabilities for the most demanding laboratory and space applications around the world. Sydor and Photek have supplied components and integrated systems for visible, neutron, gamma, and X-ray energies to solve ToF, direct imaging, scintillated imaging, pulse dilated imaging, multi-anode imaging and more. Our packaging configurations span lab bench, vacuum to rad hard installations.


3d_hrpcsPhotek and Sydor photon-counting components and systems are unique solutions with the fastest rise/fall times, excellent spatial resolutions with unique protective packaging designs. These systems are ideal for extremely low photon emission applications such as bio-luminescence, chemi-luminescence and weak fluorescence. We add spatial resolution capabilities via multi-anode or CCD/CMOS back ends. The ability to accurately analyze transient events is a key feature of these products. Long time integration allows the user to fully capture real-time events. X, Y and time co-ordinates for photon counting post-acquisition analysis is also recorded.

AuraTek Multi-Anode Detector Family

The AuraTek product family adds two new multi-anode detectors and one multi-anode photon counting system to the Photek suite of products distributed by Sydor in the United States. Each of the detectors feature MCP-based PMTs and provide users with high density spatial and temporal information. Suggested applications include: high content screening, time resolved spectroscopy, wide field time correlated single photon counting, FLIM, FRET, LIDAR, wave shifting fiber readout, and microplate readout, to name a few. These new PMTs demonstrate 430 ps FWHM pulse width, transit time spread of <40ps, and are immune to magnetic fields.

AuraTek Multi Anode Detector Family

High Resolution Photon Counting System

Photek’s HRPCS photon counting camera systems are unique; they provide the ability to capture and image in real time. These systems are ideal for extremely low photon emission applications such as bio-luminescence, chemi-luminescence and weak fluorescence. The ability to accurately analyse transient events is a key feature of this product. The length of time that the image can be integrated is limited only by disc space, and allows the user to fully capture real-time events. X, Y and time co-ordinates for post acquisition analysis is also recorded. X-ray and vacuum imaging camera options are also available.

Image Photon Detector

The Photek IPD3 is based on a true single photon counting sensor that uniquely provides simultaneous position and timing information for each detected photon. The camera outputs a continuous stream of photon detection location and time (x, y, t), with a spatial resolution of 100 μm and a timing resolution of 10 ns. The IPD3 is perfect for continuous imaging of processes with very low light levels over wide fields. The high resolution time tagging enables 100% duty cycle imaging of time resolved events. The IPD3 is highly customisable, with multiple options of image plane formats, high sensitivity photocathodes and accessories that can be combined into complete turn-key systems. Operation has never been easier thanks to the plug-n-play USB interface, fully integrated power supply and intuitive Image32 software.

Fully Integrated Vacuum Imaging Detector

Sydor now offers a fully integrated vacuum imaging detector, packaged into a compact and hassle-free form factor for ease of use. The key component of the show is an open face dual stage detector without a photocathode, designed to detect charged particles, UV photons and neutrons. It is available with either a phosphor screen, solid anode or resistive sea which provides re-configurable anode options. The phosphor screen can also include a time of flight module which provides timing response to 5 ns. Typical applications include electron microscopy, nuclear physics research and VUV imaging. Sydor takes this high-performance detector and packages it with a Photek power supply unit and gate module. Depending on the user’s requirements, identified with the help of one of our Application Engineers, Sydor can provide any required lens mounting as well as a machine vision camera.

Ultra-Fast Intensified CMOS

The Photek iCMOS160 represents the latest advance in high speed intensified imaging. It’s market leading speed of 160 frames per second at full resolution, coupled with optional ultra-fast gating, enables higher sensitivity measurements in a wide range of time resolved applications, including plasma physics, fluorescence lifetime imaging and combustion diagnostics. Frame rates in excess of 1000 fps are possible at reduced frame size. Bespoke versions of the iCMOS160 can be delivered with any of the wide range of Photek’s image intensifiers, including intensifiers with market-leading UV sensitivity and size. Operation has never been easier thanks to the plug-n-play USB 3.0 interface, fully integrated gate unit and intuitive Image32 software.


Help with Photon Counting Cameras & Camera Systems
To learn more, or ask questions about integrating Photek photon-counting cameras and camera systems, please call +1 585.278.1168 or email info@sydortechnologies.com