High QE, Low Noise CCD Detectors - iKon-M Series

The iKon-M series includes a 1MP NIR-enhanced Deep Depletion model, suitable for Bose-Einstein Condensation. The unique design of the iKon-M ‘PV Inspector’ allows it to be used exclusively for Photovoltaic Inspection.

iKon-M 934

Andor’s iKon-M 934 low noise CCD cameras offer low noise performance and high-sensitivity, and is suitable for demanding imaging applications. The high-resolution 1024 x 1024 CCD cameras possess upto 95% QEmaz, high dynamic range, 13 μm pixels and extremely low readout noise. It benefits from negligible dark current with thermoelectric cooling down to -100°C.

The iKon-M 934 has a ‘Deep Depletion’ sensor option to deliver excellent performance for NIR applications. With the Dual AR coating, the QE performance is extended across the UV/visible region of the spectrum to obtain the broadest spectral coverage from a single sensor. Etaloning effects in the NIR is drastically reduced with Fringe Suppression Technology™.

The unique combination of rapid vertical shifts, custom coated wedge window options, comprehensive trigger modes, and fast kinetics acquisition mode make the Deep Depletion models more suitable for NIR optimized Bose Einstein Condensation applications.

iKon-M 912

Andor’s iKon-M 912 cooled back-illuminated CCD camera has a 512 x 512 CCD array with 24 µm pixels, to obtain very high well depth and optimum photon collection per pixel.

The iKon-M 912 benefits from negligible dark current and superior thermoelectric cooling down to -100°C, providing prolonged exposure times unlike other cameras using the same sensor. Fast focusing and rapid acquisition can be achieved with the Multi-Megahertz readout.

Model Active Pixels Cooling Pixel Size Frame Rate Read Noise
iKon-XL 231 4096 x 4112 -100 15 x 15 <1 2.1
iKon-XL 230 4096 x 4112 -100 15 x 15 <1 4.5
iKon-L 936 2048 x 2048 -100 13.5 x 13.5 0.95 2.9
iKon-M 934 1024 x 1024 -100 13 x 13 4.4 2.9
iKon-M 912 512 x 512 -100 24 x 24 14.4 3
PV Inspector 1024 x 1024 -100 13 x 13 4.4 9

Key Features

The main features of the iKon-M 934 low noise CCD cameras include:​

  • USB 2.0 connection
  • Cropped sensor mode
  • Up to 5 MHz pixel readout
  • Extended range Dual-AR option
  • Improved baseline clamp
  • Fringe Suppression Technology™
  • 13 x 13 µm pixel size
  • TE cooling to -100°C
  • Integrated shutter
  • UltraVac™
  • Ultra low noise readout
  • Dedicated photovoltaic inspection model available

The main features of the iKon-M 912 include:

  • UltraVac™
  • 24 µm pixels
  • Single window design
  • 300,000 e-well depth
  • External trigger
  • Labview, Linux and Windows
  • Integrated into EPICS
  • Superior quantitative dynamic range
  • USB 2.0 PC interface
  • Ultra low noise readout
  • High dynamic range
  • Software selectable pre-amp sensitivity
  • Integrated C-mount shutter
  • Software selectable readout speeds (up to 5 MHz)
  • QE max > 90 °C from back-illuminated sensor
  • Unparalleled thermoelectric (TE) cooling performance

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