Intensified Cameras

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Cricket™² Advanced Image Intensifier Adapter

Cricket™² Advanced Image Intensifier Adapter


Cricket™2 offers plug and play intensified imaging or single photon counting functionality. Recognized for best value, Cricket™2 sets an unmatched standard for connectivity with scientific microscopes and cameras.

  • Capture images across a broad spectral range from 200 to 900 nm
  • Compatible with most CCD, CMOS, EMCCD and sCMOS cameras
  • Simple and cost-effective way to convert existing cameras into a complete plug and play intensified solution
  • Wide choice of Hi-QE™ photocathodes and gating options
  • Ideal for a large number of applications including physics, FLIM, plasma research and corona detection


The Cricket™2 is a plug & play camera attachment enabling low light level imaging an extreme high shutter speeds for CMOS and CCD cameras. The Cricket™2 fitted with a Single MCP (Micro Channel Plate) based IIT (Image Intensifier Tube) enables an all in one camera upgrade for high resolution, low light level imaging. By straight forward C-Mount attachment and USB power supply, the Cricket™2 offers an unmatched standard for connectivity.

High speed gating down to 3ns for time-domain imaging using the photocathode as electro-optical shutter. High repetition rate up to 300 kHz and 2.5 MHz in burst mode. Cricket™2 is an all in one solution with integrated optics and electronics.

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Mechanical connections
Lens mount interface c-mount
Camera mount interface c-mount
Electrical connections
PSU Micro-Usb(100mW @ 5 Volt)
Gating (Optional) SMA Connector (50 Ω)
Mechanical specifications
Housing material Aluminium (Black anodized)
Housing dimension (HxWxL) 95x58x112
Weight 450 grams
Optical specifications
2/3" Sensor format 4:3 aspect ratio
1/1.2" Sensor format 16:10 aspect ratio
Magnification 1:1


Cricket™2 typical application example

Cricket™2 typical application example

The c-mount in and c-mount out mounting enables easy coupling of a wide range of optics, cameras and microscopes. Optionally a c-mount to f-mount adapter can be applied to attach devices fitted with a f-mount.

Configuring the right IIT for your Cricket™²

In order to configure the right Cricket™2 Image Intensifier Tube matching your application, please consider the following key Image Intensifier parts:

Select a photocathode matching the spectral region of interest of the phenomena you want observe. Choose a Photonis SolarBlind, Broadband or Hi-QE photocathodes, and make your camera sensitive in the UV, VIS or NIR (120-900nm).

Photocathode overview:

Photocathode overview

The single MCP setup with Hi-CE technology ensures a resolution of up to 64 lp/mm and a collection efficiency exceeding 90%. Choose the high dynamic range MCP option for high linearity.

MCP linearity:

MCP linearity

For time resolved imaging the photocathode can be used as an electro-optical shutter. Choose between the normal gating or fast gating option. A gate unit is integrated in the Cricket™2. Repetition rate up to 300 kHz and 2.5 MHz in burst mode.

Depending on imaging speed, choose the P43 phosphor for high efficiency and frame rates up to 1000 frames per second or the P46 phosphor for up to 4000 frames per second.

Phosphor spectral response:

MCP linearity

Couple your Cricket™2 with Mantis³

Cricket™2 typical application example

Cricket™2 typical application example

The Mantis³ consists of a Timepix3-based visible light camera coupled to a Cricket™2 containing one of Photonis’ high-end image intensifier tubes. The TPX3Cam* is a high-rate, event-driven, time-stamping camera. The coupled image intensifier enables single photon sensitivity and offers a choice of low noise photocathodes optimized for your application.

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