AuraTek Multi-Channel Photon Counter

AuraTek is the next generation Multi-channel Photon Counter offering excellent single photon timing of <40ps rms, high density adaptable channel formats, and with optional integrated readout electronics.

Three formats are currently available PCS-256 , MAPMT228 and MAPMT253.

PCS-256 Multi-Channel Photon Counting System

The AuraTek PCS-256 is an innovative, photon counting system that combines a Multi-Anode MCP-PMT with the high performance TOFPET readout electronics. The easy-to-use system contains 256 independent, high performance photon counting channels, each having a time stamp with 44 ps resolution and timing performance of < 100 ps rms after amplitude walk correction. The system is self-triggering and event driven, with time and amplitude data provide for each photon detected. The maximum count rate for each channel is 160 kcps, with a maximum total system count rate of about 10 Mcps. An optional user provided event identifier can be time stamped and included in the data stream by replacing one of the 256 anodes with an external input. The 160 MHz clock used by the sensor head is available to synchronize external circuits, or optionally, the user can provide their own 160 MHz clock. A Gigabit Ethernet link (640 Mbps max data rate) makes the final connection to a data acquisition computer providing online data display and storage of raw data to disk for later processing. The PCS-256 is available with any of Photek’s high sensitivity photocathodes, each providing high quantum efficiency with extremely low dark counts for optimal signal-to-noise performance. Customization of the PCS-256 for your specific needs includes; fibre optic input window for proximity focusing, multi-photon pulse readout, and varying pixel size and geometry using Photek’s proprietary Anisotropic Conductive Film technology. Software is provided to allow real-time monitoring of data and to optimize data post-processing.

Applications

  • High Content Screening
  • Time Resolved Spectroscopy
  • Wide Field Time Correlated Single Photon Counting
  • Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM)
  • Forster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET)
  • LIDAR
  • Wavelength Shifting Fibre Readout
  • Scintillating/Cherenkov Fibre Readout
  • Microplate readout
  • Beam monitor

MAPMT228 Multi-Anode MCP-PMT

The AuraTek MAPMT228 is a next generation Multi-Anode Micro-Channel Plate Photo-Multiplier Tube (MCP-PMT). It can be configured as a multi-channel single photon counter or analog photon pulse analyzer. The 1024 individual anodes are arranged in a 32 x 32 pattern with 0.88 mm pitch, resulting in a 28.16 mm square active area. Connection of the high density anode output is made using Photek’s proprietary interconnect process based on an Anisotropic Conductive Film (ACF). Customers can request custom configurations of the full 1024 anodes via high density connectors, or group the anodes to form unique readout geometries. The timing performance is state-of-the-art, with pulse rise-time of <175 ps and single photon transit time spread of <40 ps rms per channel. Ask our experts to help you select the best readout electronics for your application.

Key Attributes

  • True noiseless photon counting
  • 430 ps FWHM pulse width
  • Transit time spread of < 40 ps rms
  • Extremely low dark counts
  • High density anode having 1024 pixels on 0.88mm pitch
  • Customer configurable anode readout and interconnect via proprietary ACF technology
  • Variety of high QE, low noise photocathodes covering full UV to visible wavelengths
  • Immunity to magnetic fields
  • Assistance with selection of optimal readout electronics

Applications

  • High Content Screening
  • Time Resolved Spectroscopy
  • Wide Field Time Correlated Single Photon Counting
  • Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM)
  • Forster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET)
  • LIDAR
  • Wavelength Shifting Fibre Readout
  • Scintillating/Cherenkov Fibre Readout
  • Microplate Readout
  • Beam monitor

MAPMT253 Multi-Anode MCP-PMT

The AuraTek MAPMT253 is a next generation Multi-Anode Micro-Channel Plate Photo-Multiplier Tube (MCP-PMT). It can be configured as a multi-channel single photon counter or analog photon pulse analyzer. The 4096 individual anodes are arranged in a 64 x 64 pattern with 0.88 mm pitch, resulting in a 53 mm square active area. The overall tube is 59 mm square, enabling efficient tiling of multiple MAPMT253s to cover large areas. Connection of the high density anode output is made using Photek’s proprietary interconnect process based on an Anisotropic Conductive Film (ACF). Customers can request custom readout configurations of the full 4096 anodes via high density connectors, or group the anodes to form unique readout geometries. The timing performance is state-of-the-art, with pulse rise-time of <175 ps and single photon transit time spread of < 40 ps rms per channel. Ask our experts to help you select the best readout electronics for your application.

Key Attributes

  • True noiseless photon counting
  • 430 ps FWHM pulse width
  • Transit time spread of < 40 ps rms
  • Extremely low dark counts
  • Highest anode density of any PMT with 0.828mm pitch and 4096 anodes
  • Customer configurable anode readout and interconnect via proprietary ACF technology
  • Variety of high QE, low noise photocathodes covering full UV to visible wavelengths
  • Immunity to magnetic fields
  • Assistance with selection of optimal readout electronics

Applications

  • Ring Imaging Cherenkov (RICH)
  • Detection of Internally Reflected Cherenkov (DIRC)
  • Sampling Calorimeter Readout
  • Wavelength Shifting Fibre Readout
  • Scintillating/Cherenkov Fibre Readout
  • Beam Monitor
  • High Content Screening
  • Time Resolved Spectroscopy
  • LIDAR
  • Standoff Chemical/Biological Detection
  • Microplate Readout
Part No
Description
Datasheet
PCS-256
Multi-Channel Photon Counting System. Anode Format 16 x 16
MAPMT228
Multi-Anode MCP-PMT. Anode Format 32 x 32 (Reconfigurable)
MAPMT253
Multi-Anode MCP-PMT. Anode Format 64 x 64 (Reconfigurable)