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Andor ZL41 Wave sCMOS

Andor’s ZL41 Wave physical sciences sCMOS camera platform delivers sheer excellence in speed, sensitivity, dynamic range and resolution, with comprehensive imaging and spectroscopy functionalities. Building upon the strengths of the original Zyla sCMOS series, the cost-effective, compact, thermoelectrically cooled design of ZL41 Wave benefits from a reengineered and enhanced sensor chamber and is supported within a wide range of physical science software environments, integrating perfectly into any optical laboratory or observatory setting.


  • Up to 82% QE
  • < 1 e- read noise
  • Up to 100 fps
  • 32-bit binning mode
  • Spectroscopy modes
  • Operate down to -20°C ambient

Features Specifically for Physical Sciences


NEW 32-bit binning mode – Access huge dynamic range through extensive pixel binning. User-selectable data bit-depth up to 32-bit, transmitted upstream over the camera interface.

Spectroscopy mode – On-head asymmetric pixel binning and multitrack. Spectroscopist-friendly spectra and multi-track data, prior to transfer through 10-tap or USB interface. Upstream data size reduction and easier user data processing.

Fast Spectroscopy: Up to 27,000 spectra/sec – Study of transient spectral phenomena with sub-millisecond time resolution

PIV capability (ZL41 Wave 5.5) – Perfect for fluid dynamics, Global Shutter mode of ZL41 Wave 5.5 facilitating image pair acqusition with an inter-frame gap of down to 100 ns.

NEW Operate down to -20°C ambient temp – Ideal for use at higher elevation observatories under cold conditions.

ZERO etaloning in the NIR – Front-illuminated sensor architecture, no unwanted signal modulation in the NIR compared to back-illuminated devices

GPU Express – Simplify and optimize data transfer from the camera – ideal for today’s data intensive imaging experiments. Leverage CUDA-enabled NVidia GPU processing to accelerate the data acquisition pipeline.

Linux, Windows, Labview and Matlab ready – Full and flexible SDK options for a wide variety of physical science laboratory and observatory uses.

NEW Python ready – Python wrapper integration and full supporting documentation in latest camera SDK helps integration and full control of custom-build systems.

NEW ASCOM, EPICS and Tango ready – Supported in open source software platforms. ASCOM astronomy instrument control standard; EPICS and Tango Lima are used for hardware control at a number of particle accelerators and large scientific instruments facilities worldwide.

NEW Enhanced image quality – Updated QC processes ensure every ZL41 Wave delivers optimal image quality. Ultra-low Photon Response Non-Uniformity (PRNU) for clear, uniform images.

NEW Enhanced sensor chamber – An updated sensor chamber provides even greater long-term protection from condensation in high humidity environments (3 year chamber warranty).

5.5 and 4.2 megapixel formats – Sharp resolution over a large field of view. Ideal for astronomy, area scanning applications or multi-track spectroscopy.

QEmax up to 82% – Highest available photon capture efficiency across visible/NIR.

~ 1 e- Read Noise – Noise floor down to 0.9e-. Lower detection limit than any CCD.

100 fps (Camera Link) – ZL41 offers ‘10-tap’ Camera Link for maximum sustained frame rates.