Beyond pico-seconds – Hamamatsu Photonics new Universal Streak Camera
Hamamatsu Photonics as a big player in the market of optoelectronic sensors, light sources and components offers various spectroscopic techniques and instruments. One of the most outstanding instruments are the streak cameras designed as best direct measurement method for ultra-fast light phenomena.
Streak camera systems are perfect instruments for simultaneous time and wavelength resolved measurements and therefore beating the traditional TCSPC method in many fields. No other direct spectroscopic technique offers such a flexible measurement range (ms down to ps) with ultrafast (<600 fs) time resolution. Various models cover a wide spectral range from UV to NIR and all come with single photon sensitivity, a large dynamic range and high repetition rate complying with even the most demanding applications. Additional function expanding units adding a second time axis and blanking possibilities even broaden the possible applications further.
These can range from typical time resolved fluorescence measurements, raman spectroscopy even to transient absorption and therefore applying perfect for mechanistic studies in physics as well as in chemistry. The streak camera is capable of single shot experiments as they are typical in discharge and high energy physics, up to several hundreds of MHz in repetition rate as they are typical for linear accelerator and synchrotron facilities. Other typical application fields are LIDAR, photon correlation, nuclear fusion, optical communication as well as investigating quantum devices.