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Photon etc ZephIR 2.9 MCT camera for SWIR imaging

eSWIR camera


The ZephIR 2.9 is a deep-cooled, extended SWIR camera sensitive from 850 to 2900 nm. By deep-cooling the infrared sensor, the ZephIR 2.9 is able to acquire more signals and minimize unwanted noise for a given imaging application. The extended spectral range offers scientists and engineers the possibility of acquiring a signal covering a broader wavelength spectrum, which in turn helps build better infrared detection systems. By using thermoelectric cooling, the ZephIR 2.9 doesn’t require any maintenance from a water or a liquid nitrogen chilled unit and does not suffer from the limited lifetime of Stirling mechanical coolers. This leads to greater usability and flexibility when integrating ZephIR 2.9 cameras in your own systems.

With high frame rates allowing high speed image acquisitions through USB 3.0 or cameralink, the ZephIR 2.9 is tailored for demanding industrial applications or high precision scientific experiments. Users can also choose to use Photon etc’s PHySpec camera control software or develop their own using a Python or C++ software development kit (SDK). Perfect capabilities for the detection of various black plastics and carbonates for the mining sector.


Technical Specifications
Focal plane array (FPA) HgCdTe
FPA size (px) 320 x 256
Pixel size (µm) 30
Spectral range (QE > 10%) 0.85 – 2.9 µm
FPA operating temperature -80 °C
Dark current (sensor at -80 °C) Target at 21 °C: < 240 (Typ. ~160) Mē/px/s
Typical gain setting (ē/ADU) High: 10.3 | Low: 216
Typical readout noise (ē) High: 165 | Low: 1050
Digitization (bits) 14
Frame rate in CameraLink™ (fps) Up to 340 full frame. 2200 for a 64×64 px ROI
Frame rate in USB 3.0 (fps) Up to 340 full frame. 2200 for a 64×64 px ROI
Quantum efficiency Up to 85%
Computer interface CameraLink™ or USB 3.0
Dimensions 169 mm x 130 mm x 97.25 mm
Weight 2.9 kg