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Andor Marana Back Illuminated sCMOS

Andor Marana Back Illuminated sCMOS

Large field of view and high-speed imaging/spectroscopy


Marana is Andor's high performance sCMOS camera platform for Astronomy and Physical Sciences, featuring 95% Quantum Efficiency (QE) and market-leading vacuum cooling to -45°C. The platform offers solutions for large field of view and high-speed imaging/spectroscopy.


  • 95% QE and -45°C - most sensitive back-illuminated sCMOS available
  • 4.2 Megapixel/11 μm (4.2B-11) and 4.2 Megapixel/6.5 μm (4.2B-6)
  • Up to 74fps full frame (faster with ROI) - track fast events without smear
  • >99.7% linearity - superb quantitative accuracy across full dynamic range
  • Vacuum longevity and quality - no moisture on sensor, no QE decay

Marana is Andor's latest high performance sCMOS camera platform, ideal for diverse applications within the physical sciences such as astronomy, Bose Einstein Condensation, quantum optics, hyperspectral imaging, neutron tomography and fast spectroscopy. Both Marana models feature 4.2 Megapixel sensors, 95% Quantum Efficiency (QE) and market-leading vacuum cooling to -45 °C, making Marana the most sensitive back-illuminated sCMOS platform available. Andor's unique capability to deliver the ultimate in sCMOS sensitivity means Signal to Noise can be optimized under light starved conditions, ideal for tracking smaller orbital objects, spectroscopic detection of trace concentrations and BEC fluorescence detection of discrete numbers of atoms/ions. Higher sensitivity also means that exposure times can be shortened, facilitating faster frame rate measurements of dynamic processes.

Crucially, Marana sCMOS reads out 4.2 Megapixel high resolution arrays in less than 50 milliseconds, while maintaining very low read noise; hundreds of times faster than a similar resolution CCD detector.

Marana 4.2B-11: This large field of view option utilises a unique Anti-Glow Technology approach that enables one to usefully access the entire 2048 x 2048 array, offering an impressive 32mm sensor diagonal, which in combination with fast frame rates up to 24fps (16-bit) and 48fps (12-bit), renders the camera ideal for large sky scanning astronomy applications such as orbital debris tracking and Near Earth Asteroid detection. It is also ideal for dense multi-fiber hyperspectral applications. Marana 4.2B-11 also comes with a choice of QE profiles, the UV enhanced option (BU') extending usefulness towards specific application requirements between 260nm and 400nm.

NEW Marana 4.2B-6: This high speed model achieves 74fps (16-bit) and is the most sensitive back-illuminated camera available for imaging or spectroscopic applications requiring fast frame rates, such as Quantum Gas dynamics, fast high resolution spectroscopy, hyperspectral imaging and non-destructive imaging of sample dynamics via X-Ray or Neutron Radiography. The smaller 6.5μm pixel is better suited to resolution matching across many laboratory-based optical imaging configurations, as well as in echelle spectroscopy.

For further information please contact us or download the datasheet.

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