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Global hyperspectral microscope

IMA is a hyperspectral microscope delivering spectral and spatial information in the VIS, NIR, and SWIR range (400 nm - 1620 nm). This system rapidly maps photoluminescence, electroluminescence, fluorescence, reflectance, and transmittance. Based on high throughput global-imaging filters, IMA is faster and more efficient than standard point-by-point or line-scan based systems.

IMA Applications Overview

  • Perform complex material analyses such as solar cell characterization and semiconductor quality control.
  • Study IR markers in complex environments including live cells and tissue.
  • Retrieve darkfield images and obtain a contrast of transparent and unstained samples such as polymers, crystals or live cells.

Product Specifications

Technical Specifications
Spectral range 400-1000 nm 900-1620 nm
Spectral resolution (FWHM) < 2 nm < 4 nm
Spectral channels Continuously tunable Continuously tunable
Spatial resolution Sub-micron - limited by the microscope objective NA Sub-micron - limited by the microscope objective NA
Camera CCD, EMCCD, sCMOS Photon etc. InGaAs camera (ZephIR™ 1.7 or Alizé™ 1.7)
Excitation wavelengths (up to 3 lasers) 405, 447, 532, 561, 660, 730, 785, 808 nm (other wavelenghts available upon request) 405, 447, 532, 561, 660, 730, 785, 808 nm (other wavelenghts available upon request)
Microscope Upright or inverted, scientific grade Upright or inverted, scientific grade
White light illumination Diascopic, episcopic, Hg, halogen Diascopic, episcopic, Hg, halogen
Illumination options Epifluorescence module, darkfield module (oil or dry) Epifluorescence module, darkfield module (oil or dry)



Hyperspectral Characterization of Next-Generation Solar Cells and LEDs

This video shows how spectrally and spatially resolved PL and EL maps can help identify defects, losses, and uniformity in advanced materials. A hyperspectral photoluminescence demonstration is performed on large grain perovskite crystals.

Photon etc.’s Global Imaging Technology

This video shows the conceptual difference between hyperspectral global imaging and raster scan (line scan, pushbroom). With global imaging, only a few monochromatic images are required to obtain a hyperspectral cube of data (X-Y spatial, Z spectral). With raster scan technologies, a spectrum needs to be acquired on each point/line within the desired field of view.

IMA - Hyperspectral Microscope

From solar cells to live cell imaging, this global hyperspectral microscope, IMA, rapidly provides spectrally and spatially resolved maps in the VIS, NIR and SWIR ranges. Hyperspectral fluorescence, photoluminescence, electroluminescence, reflectance and transmittance measurements can be obtained. Darkfield and brightfield modalities are available.

Silicon Carbide Defect Characterization

This video shows how various types of defects in SiC can easily be detected using electroluminescence maps obtained with Photon etc’s hyperspectral imaging system, IMA. Offering spectrally resolved images, Photon etc’s hyperspectral imaging technology improves advanced material development capacities.

Custom Products

Beyond our standard product lines, we bring to bear our know-how through collaborations with industry and researchers both local and international. It’s in our DNA to build systems that measure up to the high standards set by our customers in science and industry. Please contact us if you don’t see what you are looking for in our standard product lines.

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