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PIXIS Series - Imagaing CCD Cameras

Princeton Instruments

Imaging Cameras


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eXcelon technology
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NEW... eXcelon Deep Depletion CCD Technology ... now available

Based on Princeton Instruments’ popular deep-cooled PIXIS platform, these new cameras utilize proprietary eXcelon back-illuminated and deep depletion sensor technology to provide significant improvements in sensitivity and fringe suppression. Available in 1340x100, 1340x400, 1340x1300, 512x512, 1024x1024 and 2048x2048 pixel array formats, these eXcelon-enabled cameras offer superior performance for a variety of applications, including astronomical imaging, Raman spectroscopy, Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC) imaging, and solar panel inspection.

Revolutionary research is performed every day in leading labs around the world using PI's PIXIS imaging systems. This novel design has all the necessary essentials for tackling demanding low light level imaging applications, making its name synonymous with PI's reputation as a global leader in detection system design.


Well recognized as a no-compromise, next-generation camera platform, the PIXIS is engineered for low-light level imaging. Whether your application involves imaging Bose Einstein Condensate or low light fluorescence, PIXIS delivers the highest performance. It is available with all the standard features for your research needs and more. 

The system now supports the world's first high-resolution, back-illuminated, deep-depletion imaging imaging CCD for no-compromise performance in the NIR region (<1150nm). The new PIXIS: 1024BR delivers >85% peak QE (>70% at 900nm) while reducing troublesome etaloning to negligible levels. For more information concerning this product, read the PIXIS: 1024BR news release.

For large format imaging, the new PIXIS: 2048 offers > 25mm x 25mm imaging area with deep cooling and low read noise.

Features and Benefits

  • eXcelon breakthrough back-illuminated and deep depletion CCD technology - sensitivity redefined!

  • Permanent vacuum with all-metal seals. Maintenance free. Guaranteed for life.

  • Deepest thermoelectric air cooling. No liquid assistance required.

  • NEW CoolCUBE II liquid circulator: An elegant solution for vibration and thermally sensitive environments.

  • High-speed, USB 2.0 interface. Seamless plug-and-play interface, even at full 16-bits@2MHz speed. No PCI cards.

  • Compact design. One camera head. No external boxes or controllers.

  • Single input window. Minimal light loss.

  • Proprietary CCDs and UV coatings. Highest sensitivity and resolution.

  • Dual-amplifier configuration and independent gain settings. Unmatched versatility.

  • LightField, WinView / WinSpec, LabVIEW™ SITK™ and PVCAM for Windows/Linux . Complete solutions.

  • Triggering and shutter control. Advanced operation at your fingertips.

  • Comprehensive system testing. Legendary PI performance.

  • Wide variety of CCDs and UV coatings. Highest sensitivity and resolution.

Permanent vacuum with all-metal seals . . . maintenance free, guaranteed for life . . .

The PIXIS is the only scientific CCD camera in the world which provides guaranteed vacuum performance for the entire lifetime of the instrument. Exclusive PI vacuum technology features 100% UHV-grade components in a stainless-steel vacuum chamber hermetically sealed with all-metal seals. High-performance brazing techniques are utilized for the optical-window / vacuum-chamber interface.


Cutting-edge, all-metal vacuum seals and active vacuum maintenance technology (e.g., getter) eliminate outgassing. No epoxies are used which might compromise the vacuum over time.

Permanent vacuum with all-metal seals

Deepest thermoelectric air-cooling . . . no liquid assistance required . . .

Thanks to our renowned XP cooling technology, PIXIS cameras offer the lowest dark current in the market. The camera achieves deep cooling as low as -80oC using only air. To keep dark current stable, cooling is controlled to within ±0.05oC.

Does away with complicated, bulky chilled water circulators.


New CoolCUBE II liquid circulator . . . an elegant solution for vibration and thermally sensitive environments . . .

Should your experiment require a vibration-free environment or the absence of thermal air currents (in the case of sensitive optics like telescopes), the system's elegant CoolCUBE II liquid circulator delivers maintenance-free liquid circulation and power to the camera. 


High-speed, USB 2.0 interface . . . seamless plug-and-play interface, even at full 16-bits@2MHz speed . . . no PCI cards . . .

High speed, USB 2.0 interface

The PIXIS offers a high-speed USB 2.0 interface for seamless connectivity with desktops and laptops. The system also delivers true 16-bit data at 2MHz readout speed. For example, 500 spectra/sec is merely standard operation for the PIXIS, while "custom" readout modes push this even further. The PIXIS rids users of cumbersome PCI cards and "claims" of USB2.0 with readout speed restrictions. Convenience and performance without compromise.

Need to operate the camera from remote distance? No problem! Check out our optional fiber optic interface kit that allows operation for up to 500 meters.


Compact design . . . one camera head . . . no external boxes or controllers . . .

The PIXIS system's unrivaled, state-of-the-art technology comes in a single, compact (6.5" x 4.65" diameter) package. Its low-noise electronics and analog-to-digital converters are located close to the CCD directly within the camera head. This use of Primary Point Digitization™ helps the PIXIS achieve the lowest read noise possible, unlike systems that house crucial readout electronics on PCI cards situated in noise-prone environments such as computers. Meticulous care goes into the selection of components as in the overall electronic design of the system. As a result, the PIXIS achieves extraordinarily low read noise, even while running at ultra-high readout speeds.


Single input window . . . minimal light loss . . .

To minimize light loss caused by reflections at the optical surfaces, the PIXIS utilizes only one vacuum-chamber window in the light path. Also, operators can coat the vacuum window on both sides with AR coating specially optimized for the wavelength of interest (VIS-AR, NIR-AR, UV-AR), which gives the PIXIS the highest throughput of any detector in the market. For broad spectral range from deep UV to NIR, an MgF2 window is also offered.

Proprietary CCDs and UV coatings . . . highest sensitivity and
resolution . . .

Proprietary CCDs and UV coatingsProprietary CCDs and UV coatings

The PIXIS platform supports 1340 x 100 and 1340 x 400 format CCDs which deliver the highest sensitivity possible and >16-bit dynamic range for spectroscopy applications. These proprietary CCDs deliver 30% more resolution than industry standard 1024 pixel devices and are available with front-illuminated, back-illuminated, and deep-depletion technologies. Operators can further enhance UV sensitivity with a PI proprietary CCD coating Unichrome.


Dual-amplifier configuration and independent gain settings . . . 
unmatched versatility . . .

PI's exclusive dual-amplifier configuration (high-capacity or low-noise) enables the PIXIS to be utilized in high-light level absorbance or low-light level Raman applications. Six independent gain settings (e-/ADU) allow operators to fine-tune the camera.


The PIXIS platform supports 2048x2048, 1024 x 1024 and 512 x 512 format devices with front- and back-illuminated technologies for imaging applications. These devices deliver low read noise and large full well for the best imaging performance possible. Back-illuminated 1024 CCDs are available with an enhanced UV process for extreme ultraviolet sensitivity.


The PIXIS: 2048 also supports dual amplifier configuration for optimized performance in either low light level applications or applications requiring high dynamic range (large full well).


512x512 and 1024x1024 square format devices available