pco dicam C8

8-channel high speed intensified sCMOS camera for a range of applications including Laser Induced Fluorescence, Ballistics and Combustion Studies



Developing the pco.dicam C8 camera system was the logical next step to increase the image sequence length of the field-proven pco.dicam C4.

The light of a single optical input is equally distributed to 8 image intensifiers, each with 25 mm diameter and 4 ns shortest gating. With zero ns interframing time, this corresponds to a burst rate of 250,000,000 fps. All optical elements deployed for the beam splitting and guidance are adopted from the very successful pco.dicam C4 design.

Each image intensifier is read out by a dedicated tandem lens coupled 4.2 MPixel sCMOS sensor with 16 bit dynamic. A maximum of 848 fps @ full 4.2 MPixel resolution is available. This equals 6.8 GByte/s of sustained image data rate. To transmit this huge data rate in real time, the pco.dicam C8 uses 8 optical CLHS ports (80G fiber).

Key Features:

  • 8-channel intensified sCMOS camera
  • exposure times down to 4 ns
  • 8 images in 32 ns
  • 16 images in 620 ns
  • 16 bit dynamic range
  • optical coupling via ultra-speed tandem lenses
  • enhanced extinction ratio gating
  • 25 or 18 mm image intensifier
  • 50 ns trigger to exposure start delay
  • up to 6.8 GByte/s with 8 x 10G fiber optic data interface (Camera Link HS)
Unit pro.dicam C8 pro.dicam C8 LTpro.dicam C8 UHS
Resolution (hor x vert)pixel2048 x 20481504 x 15041504 x 1504
Pixel sizeµm6.5 µm x 6.5 µm6.5 µm x 6.5 µm6.5 µm x 6.5 µm
Frame rate at max resolutionfps848 fps1201155
Spectral range nm300 to 1000300 to 1000300 to 1000
Image intensifier diameter mm25
(18 on request)
Exposure time sDown to 4nsDown to 51ns Down to 2.5ns

pco.dicam C8 datasheet

pco.dicam C8 LT datasheet

pco.dicam C8 UHS datasheet

  • Laser induced incandescence
  • Shock wave physics
  • Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy
  • Particle image velocimetry
  • Time resolved spectroscopy
  • Plasmaphysics
  • Laser induced fluorescence
  • Ballistics
  • Combustion

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