pco.dicam C4

4-channel intensified sCMOS 16-bit camera


Four high-resolution image intensifiers in a fully integrated 4-channel sCMOS camera: The pco.dicam C4 equally distributes the incident light from a single optical input to multiple modules. Each is capable of detecting very few photons with nanosecond time resolution.

Let PCO’s decades of research and development in intensified and sCMOS camera technology benefit your application!

The pco.dicam C4 is the first ultra-speed camera system to make full use of the unique intensified 16 bit sCMOS capabilities. Its high-end tandem lens systems secure an efficient and lossless capture of the 25 mm image intensifiers output completely free of artefacts.

Camera Link HS guarantees you uncompressed and robust data transfer up to 3.4 GByte/s. The latest standard of high performance data interfaces enables the bridging of long distances via fiber optic cable. Forward Error Correction algorithms assure a maximum of data integrity.

Key Features:

  • 4-channel intensified sCMOS camera
  • 16 bit dynamic range
  • double shutter mode with 500 ns interframing time
  • optical coupling via ultra-speed tandem lens
  • exposure times down to 4 ns
  • enhanced extinction ratio gating
  • 25/18 mm image intensifier
  • up to 3.4 GByte/s with 4 x 10 G fibre optic data interface (Camera Link HS)

Technical Specifications:

Each detector unit of this unique 4 channel design is equipped with a sCMOS image sensor.

Unitpco.dicam C4 pco.dicam C4 LT pco.dicam C4 UHS
Resolution (hor x vert)pixel2048 x 20481504 x 15041504 x 1504
Pixel size (hor x vert)µm6.5 µm x 6.5 µm6.5 µm x 6.5 µm6.5 µm x 6.5 µm
Frame rate at max resolutionfps106120143
Fibre Optic data interface GByte/s3.44 x 10G2.6
Spectral rangenm300 to 1000300 to 1000300 to 1000
Image intensifier diametermm25
(18 on request)
Exposure time sDown to 4nsDown to 51nsDown to 2.5ns

pco.dicam C4 datasheet

pco.dicam C4 LT datasheet

pco.dicam C4 UHS datasheet

Application Areas:

  • Laser induced incandescence (LII)
  • Shock wave physics
  • Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)
  • Particle image velocimetry (PIV)
  • Time resolved spectroscopy
  • Plasma physics
  • Laser induced fluorescence (LIF)
  • Ballistics
  • Combustion
  • Hyper velocity impact

Application Example:

Electromagnetic Pulse Welding with pco.dicam series
Most researches on the mechanisms of impact welding in general base their results on the investigation of the joint area after the process, primarily by destructive testing. A detailed analysis of the joining process itself, especially concerning electromagnetic pulse welding, has not been performed yet and thus leads to a lack of understanding. As a consequence of this, the design of the joint area and the process parameters are almost exclusively found empirically.
With the help of a special image intensifier camera and a laser, which illuminates the joint area, a new attempt is made to visualize the impact in electromagnetic pulse welding. The results suggest that at least some mechanisms are currently not fully understood.
Explanations are developed, mainly concerning jet formation (surface cleaning during the impact) and material behavior of the workpieces under the high strain rates of the process. Areas of large strain rates (liquid-like behavior of the metal) and areas of comparably small strain rates can be found within one workpiece. The question will be discussed whether process parameters can be gained with the help of a simulation that is sufficiently accurate at least in the macroscopic scale. Read more about this here.



Find further information on structure and function in the pco.dicam C1 whitepaper.

sCMOS Ebook:

View/download the PCO ebook “Everything you always wanted to know about sCMOS cameras”.

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