Fiber Optic Plate in Scientific Cameras

Improving Coupling efficiency of Camera System.

Photons are guided in the fiber optic direct to the sensitive pixels of the coupled sensor. The fiber optic coupling allows a much better transfer efficiency of the photons to the sensor pixel than a normal lens system.

For example a 1:1 fiber optic plate instead of a f/1,2 lens reach a 10 times higher efficiency. It is possible to couple to the most front illuminated CCDs and it is possible to couple to some back-thinned CCDs.

                            Fiber Coupled System

                                                        Lens Coupled System

Simplify Optical Design of Camera system

Fiber Optic Plate use may simplify the design of the CCD cameras for TEM applications since it functions both as a scintillator as well as a light guide, and can be directly coupled to a CCD chip without additional scintillating materials.

Ultra-low noise performance.

Since light is generated within and channeled through by each fiber, light cross-talk is also minimized.  Further reduction in cross-talk is achieved by replacing a small percentage of fibers with extra-mural absorption (EMA) materials which are opaque, while the trade off is just a little reduction in brightness and transmission.

Renal sample at 3000x magnification. Fiber-coupled (left) vs. lens-coupled (right)

Image Reference from [Gatan]

Application suitable for Fiber Coupled

  • Vacuum Camera
  • TEM Cameras
  • MCP detectors Cameras
  • Low Light Level Cameras
  • Night Vision Cameras
  • High Speed Cameras
  • Xray Cameras
  • UV Cameras
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