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InGaAs Camera for Spectroscopy and SWIR Imaging - NIRvana®

The NIRvana® family of focal plane array (FPA) cameras, offered by Princeton Instruments, consists of the NIRvana, NIRvana LN, and NIRvana ST cameras. These are the only scientific-grade InGaAs cameras on the market particularly designed for quantitative near-infrared (NIR) / shortwave-infrared (SWIR) imaging and spectroscopy applications.

The NIRvana: 640

The NIRvana: 640, the world’s first deep-cooled, scientific grade, large format InGaAs camera available from Princeton Instruments, is designed for low-light scientific SWIR imaging and spectroscopy applications. This camera uses an InGaAs 640 x 512 array with response from 0.9 µm to 1.7 µm. The detector is Peltier cooled to -85 °C to achieve improved signal-to-noise ratio and to reduce thermally generated noise for the extremely challenging SWIR applications. It provides 16 bit digitization and low read noise for excellent dynamic range.

Features Benefits
640 x 512 InGaAs array High resolution imaging in the SWIR region;
Offers 4X more pixels over 320 x 256 sensor
20 µm x 20 µm pixels High spatial resolution
Response from 0.9 µm to 1.7 µm with 85% (typical) peak quantum efficiency Excellent SWIR sensitivity for demanding imaging applications
Thermo-electric (Peltier) cooling Minimizes dark noise and allows extended integration times without the need for liquid nitrogen; Built-in air or liquid cooling option for vibration sensitive environments
Integrated cold-shield Special “cold shield” limits the ambient thermal background
Electronic shutter Provides integration times from 2 µs to many minutes
C-mount Standard lens interface compatible with numerous lenses and microscopes
(spectrometer adapters available)
Fused silica window AR coated, fused silica window for high transmission in SWIR range
GigE interface Industry standard for fast data transfer over long distances, up to 50 m
(for Windows 8/7, 64-bit)
Or WinView/Spec
(for Windows 8/7/XP, 32-bit)
Flexible software packages for data acquisition, display and analysis; LightField offers intuitive, cutting edge user interface, IntelliCal® and more
SITK® for LabVIEW™ Easy integration into complex experimental setup
PICAM (64-bit)/PVCAM (32-bit) software development kits (SDKs) Compatible with Windows 8/7/XP, and Linux;
Universal programming interfaces for easy custom programming.


  • Nanotube fluorescence,
  • Emission
  • Absorption
  • Non-destructive testing
  • Singlet oxygen detection

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