Raptor Photonics Limited, founded in 2006, is a global leader and manufacturer of high performance, industrial-grade and rugged low light digital & analogue cameras. Raptor specialises in complete cameras and core engine solutions using EMCCD, Scientific CMOS, SWIR and Vis-SWIR sensor technology. The extreme low light capability of Raptor’s cameras makes them ideal for the scientific, industrial and surveillance markets. Raptor Photonics Ltd is a registered ISO 9001:2008 company and is headquartered in Larne, Northern Ireland. Additional information is available at www.raptorphotonics.com.
Raptor Photonics, a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance digital cameras, has launched its latest camera the Falcon III, using ground-breaking EMCCD – GEN III technology. The Falcon III incorporates a new EMCCD sensor developed by e2v which offers 1MP resolution with 10µm square pixels. A back-illuminated sensor offers a peak QE of >95% offering unsurpassed sensitivity with a total noise floor as low as 0.01 electrons readout noise.
Raptor Photonics recently launched an additional member to its family of Visible SWIR cameras with the OWL 1280, offering HD resolution for high end long range surveillance, scientific and astronomy applications.
Raptor Photonics launched the Toucan, a family of spectroscopy detectors aimed at the OEM / instrumentation market. The Toucan is initially available as an e2v CCD-3011 cooled to -40°C. The 1024 x 255 pixels will make it an ideal camera for spectroscopy applications.
Raptor photonics Ltd. recently announced that Phoenix Engineering Inc. is now a distributor of its scientific cameral solutions in the United Sates. Raptor is excited about strengthening its collaboration with Phoenix as they take on additional scientific and industrial markets.
Raptor Photonics, a global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance digital cameras has launched an additional member to its family of SWIR and Visible SWIR cameras.
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The eye is one of the most intricately detailed visible organs of the body, offering further security than even a fingerprint scan. The transparency of the cornea extends well into the SWIR band enabling the reproduction of the exceptional detail of the iris. SWIR technology also allows iris images to be captured at a distance, even when an individual is wearing eye glasses or sunglasses.
In SWIR cameras, the InGaAs FPA sensor can be difficult to manufacture so that all pixels are fully functional. As a solution, Raptor Photonics cameras use Non-Uniformity Corrections (NUC), or gain and dark current corrections, in order to obtain the same quality as a single A/D device. In addition, Raptor’s family of SWIR cameras is also capable of continuously performing Auto Gain Control (AGC) on the onboard FPGA. This application note goes into detail about the NUC and AGC features included in Raptor’s new SWIR cameras.
The use of imaging systems for capturing long wavelength photons continues to increase in many diverse application areas including life sciences, security and surveillance, non-destructive testing, quality control and astronomy. This white paper discusses the performance of InGaAs detector arrays with sensitivities in the VIS-SWIR region.
Since InGaAs cameras are sensitive from 900 nm to 1800 nm in the Short Wave Infra-Red (SWIR) range, they are very valuable when monitoring wafer bonding. In the SWIR spectrum, pure silicon is transparent at room temperature, while heavily doped silicon becomes more and more opaque as the temperature increases over 200°C. Imaging wafer plates using modern SWIR allows for extremely precise alignment thanks to their high sensitivity, speed, and ease of use.
Astronomers can use both SWIR and EMCCD cameras for the characterization of solar cells. SWIR cameras offer the fastest imaging, while EMCCD sensors offer higher resolution and a better cost alternative. This application note provides more of a comparison between SWIR and EMCCD cameras with examples and images, as well as information on how the Owl and Falcon imagers from Raptor Photonics are the ideal solutions for characterizing solar cells.
The Falcon III EMCCD – GEN III camera is based on e2v’s next generation CCD-351 back-thinned 1″ sensor offering 1 MP resolution with 10 μm square pixels. The Falcon III sensor features a read noise lower than 0.01e-, and a high EM gain of x5000 in order to view single photon events. The camera is also operates in an ultra-wide bandwidth of 200 nm – 11000 nm for a strong UV and NIR response.
The OWL 1280 is a digital short-wave infrared (SWIR) InGaAs camera in HD format ideal for surveillance and scientific imaging applications. The camera utilizes a 1280 x 1280 sensor for SCD that offers visible extension from 0.4 µm to 1.7 µm, and 10 µm x 10 µm pixel pitch for the highest resolution imaging.
The OWL 640 Mini TEC-less VIS-SWIR camera is specifically designed for integration into OEM platforms. With alternative CCIR and EIA output choices, the OWL 640 uses a 640 x 512 InGaAs sensor from SCD and enables high sensitivity imaging from 0.4µm to 1.7µm.
The Eagle XO is an open front, direct detection CCD camera that is deep-cooled using a Thermoelectric Cooler (TEC), which also minimizes dark current and enables long exposures. This detector is optimized for x-ray imaging, x-ray microscopy, thin films and nanofibers, x-ray plasma diagnostics, holography, and lithography applications.
The OWL 640 Analog from Raptor Photonics is a highly sensitive digital VIS-SWIR camera ideal for hand-held, mobile or airborne systems, and for other applications such as night vision, laser line detection, and active imaging. With alternative CCIR and EIA output choices, the OWL 640 uses a 640 x 512 InGaAs sensor from SCD and enables high sensitivity imaging from 0.4µm to 1.7µm.
At Photonics West 2017, Mark Donaghy with Raptor Photonics introduced us to two new products – an EMCCD platform for astronomy, Bose-Einstein condensate studies, calcium signaling, and other light-starved applications, as well as a new HD VIS/SWIR camera that offers the lowest dark reading currents on the market.
Mark Donaghy with Raptor Photonics caught us up on what’s been going on with his company over the last year by introducing us to two new cameras.
PentaVac™ is a new vacuum technology from Raptor Photonics that permits deep cooling to Δ -111°C, and can minimize dark current, hot spots, and blemishes during longer exposure times. This new technology can be used in many applications including calcium signaling, live cell imaging, high content screening, adaptive optics, flow cytometry, FRET/FRAP/TIRF, high resolution fluorescence imaging, particle imaging velocimetry, solar cell inspection, and genome sequencing.
At Photonics West 2015, Mark Donaghy concentrated on just two entries in Rapto Photonics' comprehensive line of scientific cameras – The Eagle V CCD camera for astronomy, bioluminescence, fluorescence imaging, and more, as well as the NINOX SWIR 640 for beam profiling, solar cell inspection, microscopy, semiconductor inspection, and more. Watch the video to learn why Raptor still believes they have the best performing SWIR camera on the market today.
Aaron Kearney of Raptor Photonics introduces us to the OWL SWIR 640, a high-resolution, low-noise, digital VIS-SWIR camera ideal for solar cell inspection, astronomy, beam profiling, range finding, hyperspectral imaging, and more. Watch the video to hear more about the specs and features.