Andor Technology (Belfast, Northern Ireland), an Oxford Instruments company, has launched the new, enhanced iKon-M 912 back-illuminated CCD camera, offering high dynamic range and low noise performance. The 512 × 512 CCD array with 24 megapixels has been optimized for extremely high well depth and maximum photon collection per pixel. The ultrasensitive camera delivers up to 95% QE, 3 e- read noise, and 300,000 e- pixel well depth. The iKon-M 912 also benefits from negligible dark current with industry-leading vacuum thermoelectric cooling down to -100°C, enabling use of extremely long exposure times for weak signal detection. An enhanced electronic design facilitates multiple readout speeds ranging from 50 kHz up to 5 MHz, the latter facilitating fast frame rate usage or focusing.

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