EMCCD cameras

iXon Ultra from Andor Technology

For ultra-sensitive imaging applications, Andor Technology offers the EMCCD cameras iXon Ultra 888 (1024 x 1024 x 13 µm pixels) and iXon Ultra 897 (512 x 512 x 16 µm pixels) with USB interface. The EMCCD sensor is placed in a sealed vacuum chamber so that temperatures down to -100 °C are achieved with thermo-electrical cooling.

Effective read noise < 1 electron with electron multiplying gain
Two EMCCD sensors formats (1024 x 1024 x 13 µm , 512 x 512 x 16 µm)
Rapid frame rates up to 26 frames/s (iXon Ultra 888), 56 frames/s (iXon Ultra 897); faster frame of several hundred frames/s for subimages and with pixel binning
Several back illuminated sensors with > 90% quantum efficiency optimized for UV, VIS, and NIR
Thermo-electrical cooling of EMCCD sensor down to -100 °C for negligible dark current

The iXon Ultra maintains all the advanced performance attributes that have defined the industry-leading iXon range such as deep vacuum cooling to -100 °C, extremely low spurious noise, and Andor’s patented EM gain recalibration technology (EMCAL alongside anti-ageing protection. RealGain provides quantitative linear and real EM gain calibration independent of sensor temperatures. Andor’s ‘overclocked’ vertical shift speeds minimize both clock induced charge noise and vertical smear during frame transfer. New optically centered crop mode unlocks unparalleled frame rate performance from centrally located subimages. Count Convert functionality allows real time data acquisition in units of electrons or incident photons. The iXon Ultra is designed to be the most flexible yet easy to use EMCCD on the market optimizable for a wide variety of application requirements in a single click via OptAcquire. Additional features of the iXon Ultra include plug and play USB connectivity, a lower noise conventional CCD mode and an additional Camera Link output offering the unique ability to directly access data for 'on the fly' processing ideally suited to data intensive applications.

The highly innovative iXon Ultra 888 megapixel EMCCD camera offers single photon sensitivity across a large field of view at 26 fps. Building on a rich history of first to market innovation, the iXon Ultra 888 represents a massive performance boost for the largest available EMCCD sensor as well as the first USB 3.0 enabled EMCCD camera. The iXon Ultra 888 has been fundamentally re-engineered to facilitate a 3x acceleration of the pixel readout speed to an unprecedented 30 MHz whilst maintaining quantitative stability propelling the full frame performance to video rate. With a 1024 x 1024 sensor format and 13 µm pixel size, the resolving power, field of view and unparalleled speed of the iXon Ultra 888 render it the most attractive and versatile EMCCD option for demanding applications.

The iXon Ultra platform takes the popular 512 x 512 frame transfer sensor and overclocks readout to 17 MHz pushing speed performance to an outstanding 56 full frames/s whilst maintaining single photon sensitivity and quantitative stability throughout.

Bose-Einstein condensates (BEC)
Single ion and molecule detection
Astronomy (adaptive optics, lucky and speckle imaging)
Raman imaging
Fluorescence and luminescence imaging
Microscopy (fluorescence, TIRF, super-resolution)
Time-resolved 3D confocal fluorescence microscopyM. Schellenberg,
J. Napier,
E. Peev,
W. Neu
Institute for Lasers and Optics, University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer, Germany 2017iXon DU888 UCS-BV
Real-time imaging of single trapped Mg+ ions at 280 nmF. Hakelberg,
P. Kiefer,
L. Nitzsche,
V. Vierhub-Lorenz,
M. Wittemer, H. Kalis,
M. Mielenz,
U. Warring,
T. Schaetz
Institute of Physics,
University of Freiburg,
2016iXon DU888 UCS-UVB
Enhancement of the nonlinear optical response at multiple wavelengths in metal nanoparticle multilayersW. Brullot,
S. Van Cleuvenbergen,
T. Swusten,
M. K. Vanbel,
T. Verbiest
Molecular Imaging and Photonics, Department of Chemistry, University of Leuven,
2015iXon DU897 DCS-EX
Bruker SureSpectrum 500is-sm
Imaging of single 9Be+ ions in surface-electrode traps for quantum information processingG. Zarantonello,
M. Wahnschaffe,
H. Hahn,
A. Bautista-Salvador,
M. Kohnen,
C. Ospelkaus
QUEST Institute for Experimental Quantum Metrology, PTB, Braunschweig, Germany and
Institute for Quantum Optics, Leibniz Universität Hannover,  Germany
2015iXon DU885 KC-VP2
Comparison of the morphology between isolated polymer chains and aggregates by using excitation polarization spectroscopyT. StanglInstitute of Experimental and Applied Physics2015iXon DU897 DCS-BV
High-resolution imaging of dysprosium Bose-Einstein condensatesH. Kadau,
M. Schmitt,
M. Wenzel,
I. Ferrier-Barbut,
T. Pfau
5th Institute of Physics, University of Stuttgart, Germany2015iXon DU897 ECS-EXF
3D tracking of single molecules using spatial light modulationO. Nevskyi,
A. Oppermann, A. Purohit,
D. Wöll
Institute for Physical Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Germany2015iXon DU897 UCS-BV
Temperature measurements of evaporating micro-dropletsJ. Palmer,
R. Kneer
Institute of Heat and Mass Transfer, RWTH Aachen University, Germany2015iXon DU888 DC-UVB
iXon DU888 EC-UVB
Ultracold Fermi-Fermi Mixtures of 6Li and 40KR. S. Lous,
M. Jag,
I. Fritsche,
R. Grimm
Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information,
Austrian Academy of Sciences, and Institute for Experimental Physics
2015Luca DL604M-OEM3
Observing giant atoms towards optically imaging Rydberg atoms with single particle sensitivity with an EMCCD cameraV. Gavryusev1,
G. Günter1,
G. Zuern1,
A. Signoles1,
M. Ferreira-Cao1,
G. Faraoni1,
H. Schempp1,
S. Whitlock1,
M. Weidemüller1,2
1Physics Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany
2University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China
2015iXon DU897 UCS-EXF
Single-shot imaging of a Bose- Einstein condensed photon gasT. Damm,
J. Schmitt,
F. Vewinger,
J. Klaers,
M. Weitz
Institute for Applied Physics, University of Bonn, Germany2015iXon DU897 UCS-BV
Cosmology in the lab using laser-cooled ionsC. DuncanAndor Technology, Belfast, United Kingdom2014iXon DU897 DCS-UVB
Single ion imaging and state detection for quantum networksR. Maiwald,
T. Ballance,
H. M. Meyer,
M. Köhl
Physics Institute, University of Bonn, Germany2014Luca DL604M-OEM3
Characterization of ultra-short laser pulsesK. Sperlich1,
B. Seifert2,
H. Stolz1
1Institute of Physics, University of Rostock, Germany
2Facultad de Física, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile 
2014iXon DU888 DC-BBB
High precision spectroscopy using quantum logicF. Wolf,
F. Gebert,
Y. Wan,
J. C. Heip,
P. O. Schmidt 
QUEST Institute for Experimental Quantum Metrology, Physkalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Braunschweig, Germany2014iXon DV885 LC-VP2
A trapped-ion-based quantum byte with 10-5 cross-talkCh. Piltz,
Th. Sriarunothai,
 A. F. Varón,
Ch. Wunderlich
Institute of Physics, University of Siegen, Germany2014iXon DU897 UCS-EXF
Quantum imaging finally saves Schrödinger’s catM. Barszczewski,
C. Duncan
Andor Technology, Belfast, United Kingdom2014Luca DL604M-OEM3
Direct beam diagnostics in spontaneous parametric down conversion photon pair sourcesM. Jachura,
M. Pacholski,
M. Karpinski
Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, Poland2014Luca DL604M-OEM3
Measuring ion temperatures and helium densities in the hot core of a nuclear fusion reactor using sCMOS and EMCCD camerasR. J. E. JaspersDepartment of Applied Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands2014iXon DU888 DC-EX
Neo DC152 QC-FI4
Single neutral atoms as impurities in a BECF. Kindermann,
M. Bauer,
T. Lausch,
D. Mayer,
F. Schmidt,
A. Widera
Physics Department, Kaiserslautern University, Germany2014iXon DU885-KCS-VP2
iXon DU897-ECS-BV 
Amateur astrophotography using the Luca-R EMCCD cameraC. DoscheOldenburg, Germany2014Luca DL604M-VP3
Automatic spatial refinement for fast and precise acquisition of single particle spectraA.Henkel,
C. Sönnichsen
Physical Chemistry, University of Mainz, Germany2014iXon DU888-EC-BV
Fluorescence imaging of nanostructured materialsT. Hadler,
A. Mews
Physical Chemistry, University of Hamburg, Germany2014iXon DU897 UCS-EXF
Shamrock SR-303i-B
In-trap imaging of strongly interacting Rydberg gasesH. Kadau,
H. Nguyen,
M. Schlagmüller,
T. Pfau
5th Institute of Physics, University of Stuttgart, Germany2014iXon DU897 ECS-EXF
Ion quantum logic optical clockJ. B. Wübbena,
S. Amairi,
N. Scharnhorst,
I. Leroux,
S. Hannig,
P. O. Schmidt
QUEST Institute for Experimental Quantum Metrology, Physkalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Braunschweig, Germany2014iXon DU885 KC-VP2
Nonlinear wavefront autocorrelation of ultrashort wavepacketsM. Bock,
R. Grunwald
Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short-Pulse Spectroscopy, Berlin, Germany2013iXon DU885-KCS-VP2
Feynman’s double-slit experiment preservedT. Juffmann et al.Vienna Center for Science and Technology, VCQ, Vienna University , Austria2013iXon DV885-KCS-VP2
Towards Rydberg excitation of laser-cooled 40Ca+ ionsT. Feldker,
L. Pelzer,
M. Stappel,
P. Bachor,
J. Walz,
F. Schmidt-Kaler
Institute of Physics, University of Mainz, Germany2013iXon DU897-ECS-BBB
Ytterbium Quantum gases in optical latticesS. Dörscher,
A. Thobe,
B. Hundt,
A. Kochanke,
T. Ponath,
N. Petersen,
A. Skottke,
C. Becker,
K. Sengstock
Institute of Laser Physics, University of Hamburg, Germany2013iXon DU888 DC-QBB
Quantum degenerate erbium atomsK. Aikawa,
A. Frisch,
M. Mark,
R. Grimm,
F. Ferlaino
Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Innsbruck, Austria2013iXon DU897-ECS-QBB
Use of EMCCD camera for Brillouin spectroscopyS. ReißInstitute of Physics, University of Rostock, Germany2013iXon DU888 DC-BV
Following single diffusing conjugated polymers in swollen plasticJ. VogelsangInstitute of Experimental and Applied Physics, University of Regensburg, Germany2012iXon DU897-DCS-BV
Spectroscopy measurements of 40Ca+ Ions in a surface ion trapA. Bautista-Salvador,
J. Welzel,
N. Kurz,
R. Gerritsma,
F. Schmidt-Kaler
Institute of Physics, University of Mainz, Germany2012iXon DU897 ECS-BBB
An ultra-low light detector for single atom experiments in optical latticesR. Reimann,
A. Alberti,
W. Alt,
D. Meschede
Applied Physics, University of Bonn, Germany2012iXon DU897 DCS-BV
Analysis of the stability and behavior of cold atmospheric behavior of cold atmospheric pressure microplasma jets in argonJ. Benedikt,
B. Barwe
Coupled Plasma-Solid State Systems, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany2012Luca DL604M-OEM-UV3
Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering for the Assessment of Biomolecule-Nanoparticle- InteractionsJ. S. Gebauer,
S. Grass
Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany2012Luca DL604M-VP3
Improving time resolution of plasmonic spectra acquiringI. Ament,
C. Sönnichsen
Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Mainz, Germany2012iXon DV885 KCS-VP2
Specim ImSpector V8
Low-light imaging of structures in optically dense mediaF. Mathieu,
M. A. Reddemann,
R. Kneer
Institute of Heat and Mass Transfer, RWTH Aachen, Germany2011iXon DU888 EC-UVB
Detection of single 172Yb+-Ions in a microstructured Paul trapD. Kaufmann,
E. Asenwar,
T. Baig,
T. Collath,
P. Kaufmann,
M. Johanning,
Ch. Wunderlich
Institute of Physics, University of Siegen, Germany2011iXon DU897 DCS-UVB
iXon DU897 DCS-BBB
Electroluminescence (EL) analysis for a qualitative evaluation of photovoltaic modulesS. Ambrosius,
J. Wittfoth
Centrosolar Sonnenstromfabrik GmbH, Wismar, Germany2011Luca DL604M-OEM3
Observation of spatial patterns and accurate atom number estimations in spinor Bose-Einstein condensatesM. SchererInstitute of Quantum Optics, University of Hannover, Germany2010iXon DV885 KCS-VP2
Dual-Beam Imaging Polarimetry of Circumstellar EventsM. RodenhuisAstronomical Institute, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands2010iXon DU897 ECS-BV
Single Molecule Spectroscopy using the Luca-EMCCD platformC. Dosche,
D. Hill
Insitute of Physical Chemistry, University of Potsdam, Germany2010Luca DL604M-OEM3
Astrophotography with next generation EMCCD camerasC. DoschePotsdam, Germany2009Luca DL658M-OEM3
Using EMCCD Cameras for high-resolution Photoswitching MicroscopyG. WiebuschInstitute of Applied Laser Physics and Laser Spectroscopy, University of Bielefeld, Germany2009iXon DV887 DCS-BV1
iXon DU897 DCS-BV
iXon DU860 ECS-BV5
iXon DU888 EC-BV
A hybrid Approach to Build up Photonic DeviceS. Schietinger,
O. Benson
Department of Physics, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany2009iXon DV885 LC-VP2
iDus DU401A-UVB
Acton SpectraPro 500
Defocused Imaging of Single Emitters in Photonic CrystalsR. WagnerInstitute  of Experimental Physics, University of Leipzig, Germany2008iXon DV885 LC-VP2
Telescope off-axis Guiding with EMCCD CameraZ. SodnikEuropean Space Agency (ESA), Noordwijk, The Netherlands2008iXon DV885 JCS-VP2
When Image Noise is your FriendS. FoellingInstitute of Physics, University of Mainz, Germany2008iXon DV885 JCS-VP2
Ultracold Atoms and Molecules in optical LatticesN. SyassenQuantum Dynamics, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany2008iXon DV887 DCS-FI1
Two-Photon Fluorescence for Detecting Hot Spots on Metallic NanostructuresP. van der Walle,
L. Kuipers,
J. L. Herek
AMOLF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands2007iXon DV885 LC-VP2
Bessel-Type Interference Patterns Detected in Single Photon RegimeR. Grunwald,
M. Bock
Max Born Institute of Nonlinear Optics and Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Berlin, Germany2007iXon DV885 LC-VP2
Single ion detection on a planar chip trapT. Lee,
H. Häffner,
R. Clark
Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Innsbruck, Austria, and Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA2007iXon DV885 LC-VP2
EMCCD based Single Photon Emission Microscope System for I-125 Imaging in Small AnimalsL. J. MengNuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, USA2007iXon DF897-FB
AstraLux: Die Bildschärfe des Weltraumteleskops Hubble auch am Erdboden erreicht!S. Hippler,
K. Jäger,
J. Staude
Max Planck Institut for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany2006iXon DV887 DCS-UVB1
Monitoring single antibody binding eventsP. Tinnefeld,
S. Scheffler,
J. Vogelsang,
H. Neuweiler,
M. Sauer
Applied Laser Physics and Laser Spectroscopy, University of Bielefeld, Germany2006iXon DV887 DCS-BV1
Bose Einstein Condensation: Seeing from One to One Million AtomsP. Griffin,
M. Chapman,
C. Coates
Institute of Technology Georgia, Atlanta, USA, and Andor Technology, Belfast, United Kingdom2006iXon DU8852
Quantum register with neutral caesium atomsL. FörsterApplied Physics, University of Bonn, Germany2005iXon DV887 DCS-FI1
Fluorescence Spectral Imaging of Individual Pigment-Protein ComplexesC. Hofmann,
M. Richter,
E. Lang,
J. Köhler
Institute of Experimental Physics IV, University of Bayreuth, Germany2005iXon DV8871


1 iXon 887 replaced by iXon 897
2 iXon 885 replaced by iXon 888
3 Not available anymore, replaced by iXon 897 and iXon 888
4 New part number of DC152 QC-FI: Neo-5.5-CL3
5 Not available anymore


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