Very Large Area CCD Camera - iKon-XL

Andor’s iKon-XL is a thermoelectrically (TE) cooled, very large area CCD camera platform. It has superior field of view sensors that are perfect for prolonged exposure astronomy applications. The ultra sensitive iKon-XL uses the patent-pending ColdSpace™ technology to cool a 16.8 MP sensor down to -100°C, avoiding the need for unreliable cryo coolers or liquid nitrogen. It also uses Extended Dynamic Range technology, which helps to obtain the maximum well depth and lowest noise within a single scan, accompanied by up to 18-bit digitization capability.

iKon-XL 230

The iKon-XL 230 model is suitable for astronomy or X-ray/neutron radiography applications as it utilizes the e2v CCD230-84 back-illuminated sensor, which provides an extremely large 61.4 x 61.4 mm imaging area from a 4096 x 4112 array format and 15 µm pixel size.

iKon-XL 231

The iKon-XL 231 model contains the e2v CCD231-84 ‘astro’ back-illuminated sensor, which provides a large 61.4 x 61.4 mm imaging area from a 4096 x 4112 array format and 15 µm pixel size. This model comes with a variety of sensor QE coatings, in both deep and standard depletion formats.

The model delivers superior CCD performance, with a very large well depth of 350,000 e- and very low read noise of 2.1 e-. Thanks to the unique Extended Dynamic Range technology of the iKon-XL, even non-binned images need 18-bit digitization to avoid under-sampling of the resulting extraordinary dynamic range.

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-XL series include:​

  • TE cooling to -100°C
  • Up to 16.8 MP
  • Vacuum design
  • Up to 95% QE
  • Up to 18-bit
  • PV Inspector
  • Direct interface versatility
  • Up to 5 MHz pixel readout

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