Synapse EMCCD Scientific Camera

HORIBA’s high spectral resolution EMCCD Scientific Cameras with different image areas are useful for high or multi-track spectroscopy. The cameras can collect more than 1,600 spectra per second at readout rates of up to 3 MHz.

The EMCCD Scientific Cameras have dual EMCCD and CCD readout modes to accommodate a wide variety of light conditions and deep thermoelectric cooling with air or liquid circulation to reduce dark current. The single fused-silica vacuum window reduces reflection losses from UV to near-IR.


  • 1600 × 200 or 1600 × 400 EMCCD sensor

16 × 16 μm pixel size for high spectral resolution

  • 25.6 × 3.2 mm or 25.6 × 6.4 mm image area

Ideal for high-speed or multi-track spectroscopy

  • Back- and front-illuminated

BIQX Technology with enhanced QE below 450 nm

  • Deep thermoelectric cooling

Air or liquid circulation to minimize dark current

  • Dual readout modes

EMCCD or CCD for a broad range of light conditions

  • Readout rates up to 3 MHz

Acquires more than 1600 spectra per second

  • Single fused-silica vacuum window

Minimizes reflection losses from UV to near-IR


EMCCD Camera Specifications

Source: HORIBA Scientific

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Sensor Front-illuminated (FI), back-illuminated (BI), scientific grade 1
Active pixels 1600 × 200 1600 × 400
Pixel size 16 μm × 16 μm
Image area 25.6 mm × 3.2 mm 25.6 mm × 6.4 mm
Output node well capacity
    High Sensitivity mode
    Electron Multiplying mode

300,000 e—
1,300,000 e—
Register well depth
    High Sensitivity mode
    Electron Multiplying mode

450,000 e—
800,000 e—
(measured at all speeds per camera)
Non-linearity (measured at all speeds per camera)
Readout Noise (e—): Typ. (Max)
    High Sensitivity mode: EM off
    Electron Multiplying mode: EM off
    Electron Multiplying mode: EM on
50 kHz
2.7 (5)
8.0 (15)
< 1
1 MHz
6.1 (9)
23 (35)
< 1
3 MHz
8.5 (12)
38 (50)
 < 1
Dark Current at —60 °C (e—/pixel/s)

< 0.0025
< 0.015
Maximum spectra per second
    Full vertical bin
    ROI mode 20 rows
    ROI mode 8 rows (1)


Software-adjustable gain (e—/count)
    High Sensitivity mode
    Electron Multiplying mode

Selectable from 0.6 to 4.0
Selectable from 3.6 to 25
Electron multiplier gain 1 to 1000, software-controlled
Digitization 16-bit ADC
Vertical shift rates 4.9, 9.6, 19 software-selectable*
Cooling at +20 °C
    Liquid-cooling recirculator

—60 °C (guaranteed)
—75 °C (typical)
Power requirements
    AC-DC power supply (provided)
AC input 90–264 VAC, 47–63 Hz
DC output +9 V, 6.44 A maximum

* Some decrease in CTE may be observed at faster speeds 

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