Intensified Cameras

For scalar laser imaging in gas flows in most cases intensified cameras are used. Image intensifiers amplify weak light signals up to single photon sensitivity, can detect UV-light and offer fast gating for short exposure times down to 3 ns. Different types of intensifiers and intensified cameras are offered:

  • Lens-coupled intensifiers (IROs)
  • Lens-coupled intensified cameras
  • Fiber-coupled intensified cameras

LaVision’s IRO X lens-coupled image intensifiers allow easy upgrade of all kind of cameras for intensified imaging performance when needed. LaVision’s DaVis software controls the intensifier settings for gate, gain and delay via our universal IRO X controller.


For high-speed imaging with maximum sensitivity the High-Speed IRO X intensifier (HS-IRO X) is attached in front of a CMOS high-speed camera. Lens coupling between intensifier and camera allows this modular upgrade with highest sensitivity and maximum image quality. The HS-IRO X feature multi-stage amplification to override gain depletion in its micro-channel plate at higher frame rates.

System Features of
IRO X Image Intensifiers
  • Lens-coupling between camera and IRO X for optimized image quality
  • Intensifier can be easily removed from camera when not needed
  • 5 ns minimum exposure time
  • Maximum light detection sensitivity
  • IRO X operation (gate, gain, delay) under DaVis software control

LaVision’s NanoStar cameras couple optically a 25 mm high resolution image intensifier with an outstanding high efficiency tandem lens system to a 16 bit 4 Mpixel sCMOS sensor. Camera Link HS, the latest standard of high performance data interfaces for scientific cameras, guarantees uncompressed and robust 16-bit data transfer of 104 full frames per second via optical fiber over virtually any distance.

System Features
  • Ultra speed tandem lens between 25 mm intensifier and sCMOS sensor
  • Exposure times: 4 ns – 1 s
  • 2048 x 2048 pixel sCMOS sensor
  • 104 fps @ 16 bit and full resolution
  • Camera Link HS data interface
  • Camera operation under DaVis software control

Princeton Instruments PI-MAX4® ICCD camera systems are featuring a 1024 x 1024 interline CCD sensor fiber optically coupled to a variety of intensifiers covering the spectral range from UV to NIR. Fiber coupling with highest throughput is realized without vignetting. GigE interface supports fast data transfer over distances up to 50 meters.

System Features
  • Fiber coupled 18 mm intensifier to CCD sensor
  • 3 ns minimum exposure time
  • 1024 x 1024 pixel interline CCD
  • 26 fps @ 16 bit and full resolution
  • GigE data interface
  • Camera operation under DaVis software control