Andor Technology’s sCMOS camera series (Balor, Marana, Neo, Zyla)
Andor’s scientific CMOS (sCMOS) cameras represent a breakthrough technology based on next-generation CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) design and fabrication techniques. Because of their special characteristics - extremely low read noise and fast frame rates - they are ideal camera solutions for various applications in physics and astronomy.
The Balor, Marana, Neo and Zyla sCMOS cameras are specifically designed to provide the highest level of sensitivity (i.e., front and back-illuminated sensors). In contrast to previous CMOS or CCD technologies, these cameras offer maximum sensitivity, resolution, speed, and field of view at the same time. In addition, the sensors of the Balor, Marana and Neo can be cooled down to -30°C, -45°C or -40°C, thanks to the vacuum sensor enclosure technology.
Furthermore, Andor’s Balor, Zyla 5.5 and Neo 5.5 cameras allow to select rolling as well as global shutter modes, whereas global shutter is similar to a ‘snapshot mode’.
Balor - Andor’s game-changing, very large area sCMOS camera for Astronomy
Balor features an enhanced FoV 16.9 Megapixel, 70mm diagonal front-illuminated sensor, coupled with high speed and low read noise capability. The Balor sCMOS has a read out rate of 18.5ms, offering 54 fps at full frame and read noise of <3 electrons.
The Marana utilizes back-illuminated sCMOS sensors with 4,2 Megapixels and a quantum efficiency of up to 95%. This camera model is available with sensors of 11 µm and 6,5 µm pixel size. One of the sensor options also features UV opimization with high sensitivities in the wavelength range between 250-400 nm.
The Neo 5.5 low-noise sCMOS camera is based on a front-illuminated sensor with 5,5 MP and a pixel size of 6,5 µm.The Neo is a unique –40°C vacuum cooled platform, which allows to reach extremely low dark noise levels of ~0,007 e-/pix/s. Furthermore, it offers rolling as well as global shutter mode (“snapshot mode”) and frame rates of up to 100 fps at full frame.
The Zyla sCMOS cameras, with read noise of only 0,9 electrons, can provide 100 fps (via CameraLink connectivity) at full frame (higher frame rates possible by using ROIs). The Zyla is available with two front-illuminated sensor formats: 5,5 Megapixel and 4,2 Megapixel with pixel sizes of 6,5 µm. The Zyla 5.5 offers rolling and true global shutter functionality, whereas the Zyla 4.2+ has rolling shutter only, but provides a higher quantum efficiency of 82% peak QE.
- Space Debris Tracking, SSA, NEOs,
- Solar Astronomy,
- X-Ray Astronomy,
- Exoplanet Studies,
- Synchroton Facilities,
- High-Speed Spectroscopy (e.g., Marana and Zyla for Multi-Track and Hyperspectral Imaging)
Further information about Andor’s sCMOS camera solutionss can be found on Andor Technology's website.
In case you have further questions, please contact us via kontakt (at) baader-planetarium.de
Please note that additional information and spec sheets are available in the “downloads” section.
|Sensor Typ||Front and Back-Illuminated sCMOS|
|Sensor Size||16.6 x 14.0 mm bzw 13.3 x 13.3 mm (Zyla) | 16.6 x 14.0 mm (Neo) | 22.5 mm x 22.5 mm bzw. 13.3 mm x 13.3 mm (Marana) | 49.5 x 49.2 mm (Balor)|
|A/D Conversion||12bit and/or 16bit (depending on model)|
|Peak QE||up to 95%|
|Dynamic Range (HDR)||up to 53.000 : 1|
|Read Noise (RMS)||down to 0.9 electrons|
|Maximum Frame Rate||up to 100 fps (full frame)|
|Cooling||down to -45°C|
|Shutter||No mechanical shutter (only electronic)|