HNü 240 – 240 x 240 EMCCD

Built for Adaptive Optics' highest performance

The E⁣M⁣C⁣C⁣D⁣ camera
optimized for the highest AO performance

With frame rates over 3000 fps in full-frame
The HNü 240 camera is optimized for Adaptive Optics (AO), providing the high frame rates necessary to outpace atmospheric distortion with the 240 x 240 pixels resolution critical to focal plane wavefront sensing and direct exoplanets imaging. The HNü 240 exceeds expectations, with unmatched sensitivity thanks to Nüvü’s signature C⁣C⁣D⁣ Controller for Counting Photons. It is the finest camera for your next great space discovery.

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HNü 240 – 240 x 240 EMCCD

Outstanding S⁣N⁣R⁣ performances

  • Operation rate over 3000 fps full frame
  • < 0.003 e/pixel/frame background noise
  • First pixel latency of 35.5 µs
  • Readout rate of 30 MHz
  • Resolution of 240 x 240 pixels with pixel area of 24 μm x 24 μm

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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.

HNü 240 – 240 x 240 EMCCD

Highest quantum efficiency

The HNü 240 integrates a high Q⁣E⁣ (up to 95%) on a wide spectral bandwidth due to a state-of-the-art deep-depletion silicon E⁣M⁣C⁣C⁣D⁣ sensor. Coupled with Nüvü’s patented electronics for the lowest background noise and the highest E⁣M⁣ ⁣g⁣a⁣i⁣n⁣, this HNü 240 camera is ideal for ultra-fast imaging in ⁣p⁣h⁣o⁣t⁣o⁣n⁣-⁣c⁣o⁣u⁣n⁣t⁣i⁣n⁣g⁣ conditions.

HNü 240 – 240 x 240 EMCCD
Typical spectral response as a function of wavelength, as specified by the detector manufacturer

P⁣h⁣o⁣t⁣o⁣n⁣ ⁣c⁣o⁣u⁣n⁣t⁣i⁣n⁣g⁣ performance comparison

Thanks to Nüvü’s C⁣C⁣D⁣ Controller for Counting Photons, less clock-induced charges (C⁣I⁣C⁣) are generated, the dominant source of noise in low-light E⁣M⁣C⁣C⁣D⁣ imaging, providing to the HNü 240 camera at least 3x less noise than other cameras using the same detector whilst operating at a 50% higher readout rate for unmatched imaging speeds.

HNü 240 – 240 x 240 EMCCD

Features for faster acquisition & more versatility

  • Liquid chiller accessory
  • Vacuum compatible cooling
  • Multiple Regions of Interest (m⁣R⁣O⁣I⁣) and R⁣O⁣I⁣
HNü 240 – 240 x 240 EMCCD
mROI on NüPixel Software

Built for easy integration

The user-friendly HNü 240 camera provides many advantages to efficiently bridge the gaps between purchase, setup and discoveries.

The HNü 240 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 sides. For fast and reliable image data transmission, the HNü 240 camera communication interface are either 10 Gigabit Ethernet or Camera Link Extended Full.

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Fully integrated services

Software tools

  • NüPixel control, acquisition and analysis software
  • Software development kit (S⁣D⁣K⁣) for customizable programming
  • Windows & Linux compatibility
  • Worldwide professional customer support
HNü 240 – 240 x 240 EMCCD
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 E⁣M⁣C⁣C⁣D⁣ 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 E⁣M⁣C⁣C⁣D⁣ cameras are manufactured by Nüvü Camēras. The secret? The C⁣C⁣D⁣ Controller for Counting Photons (C⁣C⁣C⁣P⁣), an innovative technology that virtually suppresses clock-induced charges (C⁣I⁣C⁣), 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 C⁣I⁣C⁣ and d⁣a⁣r⁣k⁣ ⁣c⁣u⁣r⁣r⁣e⁣n⁣t⁣ to their ground level. The images below illustrate the accumulation of d⁣a⁣r⁣k⁣ ⁣c⁣u⁣r⁣r⁣e⁣n⁣t⁣ when the shutter is closed. The darker the image, the less noise is present.

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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’ C⁣C⁣C⁣P⁣ preserves charge transfer efficiency (C⁣T⁣E⁣), even at low operating temperature and increased E⁣M⁣ ⁣g⁣a⁣i⁣n⁣, while decreasing C⁣I⁣C⁣, 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.