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XIMEA releases new XUV and Soft X-ray camera models of sCMOS cameras

As part of its xiLAB initiative, our clusterpartner XIMEA expands the xiJ family of cooled sCMOS cameras with models for XUV and Soft X-ray imaging.

Fig. 1: XIMEA releases sCMOS Scientific grade camera models with Gpixel GSENSE400 BSI Pulsar (Copyright XIMEA GmbH, 2023)

For a long time, the diffraction limit defined by Ernst Abbe defined the natural barrier that restricts the resolution of small objects. To overcome this limitation multiple techniques like STED, STORM, PALM, TEM or others were developed, using advanced illumination and detection technologies.

In its original sense, the Abbe limit states, that the shorter the wavelength of the particle, the higher the resolution. Therefore the observability to resolve small structural features in the image is also higher.

This fundamental law applies to visible light and to all photons of the electromagnetic spectrum. That includes the high energy containing photons of extreme UV (XUV), roentgen radiation (Xray), and electrons.

While the diffraction limit is still valid, using XUV (CWL: 13.5nm), soft-Xray, and high energy containing electrons, it is possible to push the resolution higher. Thus, enabling to resolve the fine structural features and dynamics in biological processes (cells, human body) as well as materials.

To fulfill these needs and leverage the high potential of XUV/soft-Xray, XIMEA added a new MJ042MR-GP-P11-BSI-UV model to the scientific portfolio of cameras. The model is equipped with the new Gpixel GSENSE400BSI-UV (PulSar) sCMOS sensor that is combined with Peltier cooling and USB3 interface.

The camera body is extended by a standard DN 63 CF vacuum flange. Additional flange formats are available upon demand. By using the new Pulsar sensor the spectral range is extended from IR, VIS, and UV into the soft-Xray regime, covering a maximum range from 0,5 to 1000 nm.

Fig. 2: MJ042MR-GP-P11-BSI-UV camera model explode (Copyright XIMEA GmbH, 2023)

Main specifications of the new MJ042 Pulsar models:

  • 4.2 Mpix, Gpixel GSENSE400 BSI, backside illuminated monochrome, 2048 x 2048, 11 μm pixel, 2" with TEC and USB3


  • 4.2 Mpix, Gpixel GSENSE2020 BSI, backside illuminated monochrome, 2048 x 2048, 6.5 μm pixel, 1.2" with TEC and USB3


​Unique selling proposition:

Overall benefits:

Fast image acquisition and high framerates - 48 Fps

High Quantum efficiency up to 99%


Dynamic range in HDR mode of above 95 dB

Simple USB interface

Low noise around 1.7 e-

Peltier cooling - Exceptional temperature stability (indium gaskets etc.)

High Full Well Capacity - up to 128K e-

Custom sensor timings

Improved axial-lateral resolution

Modified sensor chamber, no outgassing, protected electronics

Vacuum compatibility (exposed sensor)

For more information visit our clusterpartner website.

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