2020-06-05

HNü 240

Built for Adaptive Optics' highest performance

The EMCCD camera
optimized for the highest AO performance

With frame rates up to 3000 fps in full-frame
The HNü 240 camera provides exactly what is to be expected from a high-end EMCCD Adaptive Optics (AO) optimized camera: virtually no noise with the high frame rates necessary to outpace atmospheric distortion. The HNü 240 also has the 240 x 240 pixels resolution critical to focal plane wavefront sensing and direct exoplanets imaging. Integrating the patented CCD Controller for Counting Photons, it creates fewer clock-induced charges than other EMCCD cameras. In short, it is the finest camera for your next great space discovery.

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HNü 240

Outstanding SNR performances

  • Operation rate up to 3000 fps full frame
  • Pixel area of 24 μm x 24 μm
  • Readout rates 30MHz or 15MHz
  • Effective readout noise < 0.1 e- @ gain 5000
  • Resolution up to 3600 modes

Adaptive Optics (AO) advantages

The goals of current and upcoming large telescopes require the highest level of AO performance. This, in turn, is driving demand for sensitive wavefront sensors that not only detect higher-order aberrations with a limited number of photons but also run at higher frame rates to outpace the changing atmosphere. To address these requirements, the HNü 240 camera delivers a full-detector frame rate of up to three thousand frames per second with sub-electron read noise and flexible readout sequences that can be tailored to different wavefront sensor designs.

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Highest quantum efficiency

The HNü 240 integrates the high QE (up to 95%) typical to high-end EMCCD detectors. Coupled with Nüvü’s patented electronics for the lowest background noise and the highest EM gain, this HNü 240 camera is ideal for ultra-fast imaging in photon-counting conditions.

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Typical spectral response as a function of wavelength, as specified by the detector manufacturer

Features for faster acquisition & more versatility

  • Liquid chiller accessory
  • Vacuum compatible cooling
  • Multiple Regions of Interest (mROI) and ROI
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mROI on NüPixel Software

Built for easy integration

The user-friendly HNü camera provides many advantages to efficiently bridge the gaps between purchase, setup and discoveries.

The HNü camera is a compact and easy-to-use device with a Windows or Linux operating system. To allow quick and easy integration into any system, all standard HNü cameras come with a C-mount optical interface, imperial and metric mechanical holes on the faceplate, and standard holding posts on the sides of the camera. For fast and reliable image data transmission, the HNü camera communication interface are either Gigabit Ethernet or Camera Link. A built-in shutter enhances detector longevity, allows dark frame acquisitions, and is remotely controllable with our software tools for all application requirements.

Related publications

Read more on new researches and science enabled by this innovative scientific camera.

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Fully integrated services

Software tools

  • NüPixel control, acquisition and analysis software
  • Software development kit (SDK) for customizable programming
  • Various drivers available for commercial software
  • Windows & Linux compatibility
  • Worldwide professional customer support
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NüPixel software
  • Support

    In addition to an intuitive user manual for the easy installation and use of our products, Nüvü Camēras offers international on-site training as well as complete consulting services. Our team’s passion is the development of the ultra low-light imaging field; as such, we provide a variety of services to efficiently minimize the delay between purchase and discoveries.

  • Warranty

    Nüvü Camēras is a Canadian company specialized in designing and manufacturing novel EMCCD cameras for fields where the drive for cutting edge instrumentation propels innovation. We improve imaging performance for a number of fields including biomedical research, astronomy, photonics and more. As such, our cameras benefit from extended warranty policies. Basic warranty is 2 years on all parts and labor (subject to the terms and conditions expressed in the respective products’ user manuals).

    Extended warranty options also available.

Darker EMCCD — Less noise

The darkest EMCCD cameras are manufactured by Nüvü Camēras. The secret? The CCD Controller for Counting Photons (CCCP), an innovative technology that virtually suppresses clock-induced charges (CIC), and a cooling Peltier unit integrated into an ingenious packaging. The thermoelectrically cooled HNü camera operates between -60 and -90°C with outstanding precision to optimize CIC and dark current to their ground level. The images below illustrate the accumulation of dark current when the shutter is closed. The darker the image, the less noise is present.

Other EMCCD technology
With Nüvü Camēras' EMCCD technology
Acquisition conditions: -85 °C cooling, 10MHz readout speed, EM gain of 5000 for Nüvü Camēras, and 1000 for other EMCCD manufacturers.

No pixel leaking, superior image quality

At high readout speeds, the electron transfer from one potential well to the next may be incomplete, leaving a few charges behind. Consequently, the leftover electrons artificially increase the brightness of certain pixels, thereby diminishing the overall image quality with the addition of arbitrary blurry spots. However, Nüvü Camēras’ CCCP preserves charge transfer efficiency (CTE), even at low operating temperature and increased EM gain, while decreasing CIC, yielding highly superior image quality.

Other EMCCD technologies
Nüvü Camēras EMCCD technology
Acquisition conditions: -85 °C cooling, 10MHz readout speed, EM gain of 5000 for Nüvü Camēras, and 1000 for other EMCCDs.