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pco.pixelfly usb low light level CCD camera

High Performance 14bit CCD Camera 


This high performance digital 14bit CCD camera system features the state of the art in CCD and electronics technology. The pco.pixelfly.usb has an extraordinary quantum efficiency with up to 65%. The available exposure times range from 5µs to 60 s. A digital temperature compensation is integrated instead of a space consuming thermo-electrical cooling unit. All camera functions can be remotely accessed and controlled via digital interface. This compact digital CCD camera system is perfectly suited for many scientific and industrial imaging applications, like microscopy, spectroscopy and quality control. Use the pco.pixelfly usb CCD camera with the latest software from PCO.

Key Features:

  • Resolution (hor x ver) 1392 x 1040 pixel
  • Pixel size (hor x ver) 6.45 x 6.45µm²
  • Quantum efficiency typical > 60 % @ 540 nm
  • Dynamic range A/D 14 bit
  • Readout noise 6 e- rms @ 12 MH/ 7e-rms @ 25MHz
  • Frame rate @ full frame @ 12 MHz 7.3fps / @25MHz 13.5fps
  • Exposure time s 5 µs .. 60 s
  • Binning analog 1×1 .. 2×2
  • Optical input C-mount, Nikon adapter
  • Data interface USB 2.0
  • Interframing time µs double shutter mode option

Quantum Efficiency Curve:

View / Download the datasheet here.

Application Areas:

  • Scientific imaging
  • Low light level imaging
  • Combustion imaging
  • High resolution microscopy
  • Machine vision
  • Particle image velocimetry (PIV)
  • Spectroscopy
  • Flow visualization (hydrodynamics)
  • Industrial oem applications
  • Fuel injection
  • Material testing
  • Luminescence spectroscopy
  • Red and NIR fluorescence applications
  • Imaging of bio markers (e.g. GFP)
  • Scintillation recording

Application Examples:

Droplet Physics with pco.pixelfly usb

General knowledge tells us that oil and water do not mix. However, if we understand the mixing of oil and water, we better understand the behavior of spilled coffee, we can predict how long it will take for paint to dry, four our glass of beer to lose its ‘fizz’ and we can understand why the olive oil and vinegar in out ‘vinaigrette’ indeed refuses to mix. Read more about this here.

Vertical Visualisation of Flow Fields with pco.pixelfly usb

Flows can be visualized by floating particles or gas bubbles. These particles or gas bubbles must be so small that they follow the flow without distortion. For good visualisation of the flow fields it is important to have a good contrast between the fluid and the particles or gas bubbles. As gas bubbles reflect the light well owing to their spherical shape this allows for an excellent contrast. Read more about this here.


Reversible Laser-Induced Amplified Spontaneous Emission from Coexisting Tetragonal and Orthorhombic Phases in Hybrid Lead Halide Perovskites with pco.pixelfly usb

The physical mechanism underlying this optically induced phase transition process is discussed. It is demonstrated that this phase change can, in principle, be used for an all-optical “write–read–erase” memory device. Read more about this here.


Notes from PCO Knowledge Base:


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