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Deeply Cooled InGaAs Camera

The ZephIR 1.7 is a high-end, scientific-grade InGaAs camera that combines performance with reliability. It has extremely low noise levels, high efficiency, and a rapid frame rate compatible with an external trigger. This is made possible by combining our state-of-the-art control electronics and a four-stage thermoelectric cooler (TEC) which can maintain an operating temperature as low as -80 °C. The TEC uses forced air cooling that alleviates the need for a water or liquid nitrogen chiller unit, increasing reliability and is designed to last for years.

The ZephIR 1.7 stands out as one of the market's most reliable SWIR InGaAs cameras, boasting an exceptional sensitivity level, all while offering a high-end experience that remains affordable.

ZephIR 1.7 Applications Overview

  • NIR-II/SWIR Bio-imaging

  • Photovoltaics characterization by photoluminescence (PL) and electroluminescence (EL) using SWIR imaging

  • Semiconductor wafer and device failure SWIR inspection

Photon etc. InGaAs cameras are able to easily detect fake (neon green) rice among a continuous stream of real rice (dark blue), an innovation that opens the door to fast real-time food contaminant detection.

Product Specifications

Technical Specifications
ZephIR 1.7x ZephIR 1.7s
Sensor InGaAs InGaAs
Sensor Format 640 x 512 640 x 512
Pixel size 15 μm 15 μm
Spectral range 500-1700 nm 900 - 1700 nm
Peak Quantum Efficiency > 85 % > 80 %
Typical operability > 99.9 % > 99.5%
Cooling Temperature @ 20°C ambiant -80 °C -80 °C
Cooling method TEC + forced air TEC + forced air
Typical Dark Current* 125 ē/px/s 150 ē/px/s
Typical gain setting (ē/ADU) High: 2.67 | Low: 47.5 High: 2.2 | Med: 7.4 | Low: 89
Typical readout noise (ē) High: 22 | Low: 135 High: 28 | Med: 75 | Low: 315
Frame rate in CameraLink™ (fps) High: 105 | Low: 210 Up to 240 full frame. 1900 for a 128x128 ROI
Frame rate in USB 3.0 (fps) High: 110 | Low: 220 Up to 250 full frame. 1900 for a 128x128 ROI
Integration time range from 1 μs to full well capacity from 1 μs to full well capacity
Digitization (bits) 13 14
Image Format 16 bits HDF5, FITS and TIFF 16 bits HDF5, FITS and TIFF
Software PHySpec™ control and analysis software, SDK (C++, Python) PHySpec™ control and analysis software, SDK (C++, Python)
Computer interface CameraLink™ or USB 3.0 CameraLink™ or USB 3.0
Ambient temperature range 10 °C to 35 °C 10 °C to 35 °C
Power Supply 12V DC 12V DC
Dimensions 169 mm x 130 mm x 97 mm 169 mm x 130 mm x 97 mm
Weight 2.9 kg 2.9 kg


IR VIVO Guided Tour

IR VIVO is an infrared multispectral imager for small animal studies. This system benefits from reduced light scattering, absorption and auto-fluorescence by using a detection system in the near and short-wave infrared. Visualize your biomarkers in vivo and in real-time with optimized contrast resolution and sensitivity. IR VIVO takes advantage of the most recent developments in SWIR imaging with an ultra-low-noise InGaAs camera (Alizé 1.7 or ZephIR 1.7), novel homogeneous illumination and powerful analytical software to provide an unprecedented combination of fast, high resolution and deep imaging.

When Art, Science and Technology Work Hand in Hand

Photon etc. presents this short film shot in collaboration with Dr. Daniel Heller, researcher at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Joseph Cohen, multidisciplinary artist. This short video documents how three experts in their respective fields benefit from and are enhanced by their mutual collaboration. Joseph creates new paint mixtures and textures using carbon nanotubes (CNT). Dr. Heller develops infrared probes and biomarkers using CNT’s. Sébastien (CEO at Photon etc.) develops science grade infrared cameras that can detect fluorescent CNT’s excited by specific wavelengths.

In Vivo NIR-II Imaging: Contact-Free Monitoring Heartbeat & Respiratory Rate

High-speed imaging made available by the fast frame rates of InGaAs cameras allows for contact-free cardiography and respiratory rate measurements in both anesthetized and awake animals. Such contact-free measurements of awake mice obtained without the use of any restraining device could drastically change studies procedures in labs.

Real-Time Biodistribution and Pharmacokinetics of ICG in a Mouse Using NIR-II Fluorescence

Video of IR VIVO imaging experiment showing the biodistribution and pharmacokinetics of ICG in real time. IR VIVO is able to visualize NIR probes at high resolutions. From one single injection, it was possible to obtain measurements of heartbeats, respiration and intestinal contraction rates.

In Vivo NIR-II Imaging of Liver Metabolism, Hepatobiliary Elimination & Gastro-Intestinal Motility

With a simple tail-vein injection of ICG, we can study liver metabolism, measure hepatobiliary elimination and monitor gastrointestinal motility simultaneously in vivo and contact-free. Such a straightforward method to image the intestine could help research on metabolic diseases.

White Papers

Cooling Swir Sensors: an Overview

Authors Marie-Christine Ferland and Laura-Isabelle Dion-Bertrand


Dark current is a critical parameter when one is looking to acquire a scientific imaging camera, especially in the short-wave infrared (SWIR) region. Very careful attention must be paid to the cooling method used to optimize this parameter. Multiple cooling technologies are available, each having certain benefits and drawbacks. In its ZephIR and Alizé line of SWIR cameras, Photon etc. uses a…

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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