New Product: Andor Sona 4.2B-6 sCMOS

New Product: Sona 4.2B-6 sCMOS


The Perfect Balance of Sensitivity, Speed and Resolution for Optimal Imaging Performance


The World’s Most Sensitive Back-illuminated sCMOS Cameras

The latest model in the Sona back-illuminated sCMOS microscopy camera series has arrived.

The NEW Sona 4.2B-6 provides a superb balance of sensitivity, speed and resolution, making it perfectly suited to many challenging imaging applications. The new model joins the Sona 4.2B-11, which offers the largest possible field of view at 32 mm.

New Product: Andor Launches Balor Camera for Astronomy

New Product: Andor Launches Balor Camera for Astronomy



Balor is designed for ‘dynamic astronomy’ applications such as Orbital Debris tracking, Solar Astronomy, Solar System Object detection, Exoplanet Discovery, Atmospheric Studies and Fast Time Resolution Astrophysics.

Balor combines 2.9 e read noise with an exceptionally fast 18.5 millisecond readout, allowing up to 54fps full frame readout which is perfect for studying solar or atmospheric dynamics. Quantum Efficiency is optimized for broad response across the visible-red-NIR range, with no etaloning effects, outperforming in the area of quantitative photometric measurement. The large 12 µm pixels offer an 80,000 electron well depth and an on-chip multi-amplifier design means the whole photometric range, from noise floor to saturation limit, can be captured with a single image. The wide dynamic range is complemented by enhanced on-head intelligence to deliver market-leading linearity of > 99.7%, for unparalleled quantitative accuracy of measurement across the full signal range. Such capability is ideal for photometric accuracy of light curve measurement across high dynamic range object fields.

Minimizing down-time in astronomy is paramount; not only does Balor avoid the need for a mechanical shutter, Andor is the only camera manufacturer with capability to apply an innovative hermetically sealed, permanent vacuum enclosure design to the sCMOS sensor technology. This uniquely protects the delicate sensor from attack by moisture and other gas contaminants, thus preserving both QE and stable cooling performance year after year, removing the need to have the camera re-pumped.

Balor delivers both Rolling Shutter and Global (Snapshot) Shutter exposure modes, with the latter being used for applications where every pixel across the array must carry the same relative exposure timing correlation, relative to an external timestamp.


New Supplier Announcement! – Photon Systems, Inc.

We are excited to announce that EINST is now a distributor of Photon Systems, Inc.

Photon Systems, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and markets deep ultraviolet lasers and incoherent sources, instruments based on these sources, and optical and electro-optical accessories for a broad range of applications primarily within the area of analytical and biotechnology sciences instrumentation used in all types of industries.

We appreciate all of your submission!

Thank You for participating in EINST Annual Calendar contest 2019. As our top prize winner has withdrawn from the competition. We have converted the grand prize – iphone-XR to cash and donate to Children’s Society.

We will be starting our Annual Calendar Contest 2020 in a couple months’ time. We encourage, researchers to send in beautiful images taken in the course of their research and stand a chance to win our grand prize.

New Product – Nanoscribe Photonic Professional GT 2

Nanoscribe have just launched The new Photonic Professional GT 2.

High-precision 3D printing with up-to-date solutions 
New features, new tools, and new processes extend the 3D microprinting capabilities of the Photonic Professional GT2 toward the macroscale, expanding the range of applications. The new 3D printer provides user-friendly solutions for multiple scales: The 3D Microfabrication Solution Sets.

What Applications Use a Terahertz Detector?

The world of imaging technology is evolving, and scientists and researchers in the manufacturing industry are using terahertz on different applications. The increasing number of areas that demand the use of this technology is an indication of the growing level of trust new advancements.

Brief overviews of the application that require the use of a terahertz detector are:

Security: used in immigration offices and entry points for screening

Pharmaceuticals and Food Industries: food and drug inspections as well as quality controls

Ceramic industry: inspection and processing

Automotive: conduct various testing during the assembly plant

Science: used in beam profiling systems

Medicine: used in medical diagnosis


The global terror menace has driven many countries to implement tight border security controls. The use of terahertz detector in body scanners and x-ray machines enables the waves to pass through your body and some enclosures to give the guards assurance that no contraband passes through them.

Pharmaceuticals and Food Industries

The pharmaceuticals and food industry use materials that are transparent to waves produced by the terahertz devices. The use of non-destructive testing (NDT) on drugs and food products in the process line assures consumers of product quality.

In the food and agricultural sector, the waves from the terahertz detector can detect foreign bodies inside the food package or containers. You can also use the same technology to check the quality of agricultural products such as seeds and nuts.

Ceramic Industry

In the ceramics industry, you will notice that they use a high-speed linear scanner, which checks for quality control marks. In this industry, the high terahertz affinity to impurities and additions will detect any inclusions on non-ceramic materials such as plastic and wood. The variation of density and humidity after the kiln process can also be detected.


The breakthrough in semiconductor technology has expanded the limits within which terahertz can operate. Terahertz devices are used in the automotive industry to detect the nature of steel reinforcement and any other foreign element inside the rubber parts of the car. The detector can also show the level of corrosion in metals.


New research in material science has expanded the frequency within which terahertz waves can use. Other applications enabled by consistency in scientific research include wireless communication, security applications, medical diagnostics, food packaging, and many more.

The most recent applications of terahertz imaging cameras have been in the field of astronomy and lab research. Another use of the terahertz camera is the beam profiling and measurements using spectroscopy systems.


The chemical bonds and reactions taking place in living organisms are strong enough to withstand the waves from devices carrying terahertz waves. The high absorption rate of terahertz rays in water makes them highly appropriate for various medical applications that require noninvasive techniques such as the detection of early cancer or in dental surgery.


The use of infrared moisture sensors and visible light optical scanners give better imaging of timber during processing. You can use terahertz waves to see the hidden defects in wood, which cannot be seen by the naked eye.

The Different Science Applications of Terahertz Imaging You Need to Know

Because of the immense improvements and developments in the technology employed with semiconductors along with the improved search for new materials, the limits of THz regions grew from a very limited one when it first started. Furthermore, it opened many doors to different science applications in notable industries. The use of a Terahertz camera can be seen applied in the fields of wireless communication, personal and homeland security, food and beverage, medical diagnostics, and even in the production of ceramics.

In only a few years, terahertz imaging had a few significant breakthroughs. This is all thanks to the continuous development of materials that resulted in the production of terahertz sources that are more powerful and contains higher sensitivity. Below are some applications of terahertz imaging you should know.


The application of THz imaging in the field of astronomy has significantly improved because there was an increased interest in the remote terrestrial sensing at 1 THz so images can be obtained from different astrophysical sources. There was also an increasing demand for the interpretation of data from these astrophysical sources under the THz light.

IoT or Internet of Things

By the end of 2016, the IP traffic from all around the world has exceeded the current zettabyte limit. Moreover, it is predicted to be at an average of 2 zettabytes a year from 2019. In addition to all of this, traffic from mobile devices and other wireless sources will be more than those that are coming from wired sources.
Because of this extremely high demand for data, there is also a directly proportionate rise in the demand for higher frequency bands that can transmit data in huge volumes in order to meet the needs of the consumers around the world.

Chemical Fingerprinting

One of the most advantageous benefits of THz imaging is that it allows the efficient scanning of opaque packaging for its content without having to unpack or destroy the package. This is why THz imaging is now widely used in a lot of security screening applications, FMCG packaging, in the quality control stage.

One notable application is the detection of potential explosives and/or illegal drugs even from a distance. The concept is to analyze the reflected signal from any suspected object and then identifying the composition using the material’s signature.

Medical Imaging

What differentiates THz imaging from X-ray is that there are no ionization effects with terahertz radiation. Meaning, it is extremely harmless to humans and this makes T-rays very promising in any medical imaging process.

Moreover, there are a lot of other technologies that are non-ionizing that are in development. Most of them are in their initial stages and there are still a few drawbacks that prevent them from being perfect. It is predicted that nanotechnology will have a heavy influence on a person’s lifestyle and it will drastically change the ways that medical practices are done. The development of the concepts that uses techniques that are based on nanotechnology is important in the efforts of overcoming the challenges and limitations in the usage of Terahertz camera.