Photon Force

  • Photon Force PF32 Time-resolved Single Photon Camera: New hardware module announced for OEM integration

    Photon Force PF32 Time-resolved Single Photon Camera: New hardware module announced for OEM integration

    Photon Force, the Edinburgh quantum photonics company, has announced a hardware module for integration into OEM products as an extension of its high performance PF32 Camera range.

  • Photon Force PF 32 Camera range: Time-Tagging SPAD Arrays

    Photon Force PF 32 Camera range: Time-Tagging SPAD Arrays

    Photon Force PF32 cameras have a 32×32 Time-Correlated Single-Photon Counting (TCSPC) pixel array, with fully digital photon counting and time stamping – meaning no analogue readout noise.

  • Photon Force Single-Photon Sensitive Cameras and Sensors: The highest throughput, fastest time-resolved single photon counting technology on the market

    Photon Force Single-Photon Sensitive Cameras and Sensors: The highest throughput, fastest time-resolved single photon counting technology on the market

    Photon Force offers a range of products and services all aimed at the acceleration of scientific and commercial research that incorporates single-photon counting and timing. Our camera range currently includes two PF32 models. The PF32-500k offers an entry-level unit, whilst the PF32-1M offers extreme speed for applications that require flexibility in readout modalities.

  • Photon Force PF32 Time-Correlated Single-Photon Counting Camera: In-pixel time-tagging for time-resolved imaging and photon counting

    Photon Force PF32 Time-Correlated Single-Photon Counting Camera: In-pixel time-tagging for time-resolved imaging and photon counting

    The PF32 from Photon Force is the only time-resolved photon-counting camera on the market with in-pixel timing electronics.  This enables the time-tagging of incoming photons with an accuracy of 55ps.  The applications that have already benefited from the PF32’s high throughput can be found here; why not add yours to the list?  

  • Photon Force PF32 Time Correlated Single Photon Counting Camera: Imaging Light in Flight:

    Photon Force PF32 Time Correlated Single Photon Counting Camera: Imaging Light in Flight:

    The PF32 has such precise timing precision that you can watch light as it travels.

    Visualising processes that occur in the nanosecond time-regime is no problem for the Photon Force PF32’s 55 ps time resolution.  In the video below, researchers from Heriot-Watt University and the University of Glasgow have captured light in flight – individual photons scattered by molecules in the air were detected by the PF32 camera.  The data was then interpolated to increase the resolution and overlaid on a background photograph.

    In the same paper, they use a similar method to capture plasma creation in air.  This time the process was filmed with two different optical bandpass filters, one to record the laser, and one to record the plasma generation.  Analysis of the exponential lifetime decay of the plasma shows the results are consistent with previously reported values.  Quoting the paper: “It is important to note that the technique described here allows to characterize the plasma dynamics without the need to introduce any additional scattering agents, which would severely alter the plasma formation process itself.”

    In another paper from the same Universities, and Southampton University, the authors reported the use of the PF32 to analyse laser pulse dynamics in optical fibres.  By placing different spectral bandpass filters in front of the sensor, they used the PF32 to record supercontinuum generation in photonic crystal fibre.  In the video below, all the results from the different bandpasses are combined into one video, demonstrating that there is a delay between the red and blue components.  Through analysis of this data, the authors were able to measure the group index of different wavelength bands at a standoff distance of 1 meter without direct access to the fibre.

    For more information on the Photon Force PF32, please click here.

  • Photon Force: Single-Photon Counting Camera

    Photon Force: Single-Photon Counting Camera

    Photon Force is a recent startup in the image sensing community, building on the EC FP6 Funded Megaframe project and over a decade of successful research experience in time-resolved imaging from the CMOS Sensors & Systems Group at the University of Edinburgh. Their mission is to provide innovative, high quality, and accurate sensor technology to facilitate research, with an initial focus on the biomedical field. Until now, single photon detection and timing capabilities have only been available as separate, bulky, and low-throughput pieces of equipment. Photon Force products help speed up the research process by streamlining these features into a single, simple unit, easily integrated into your existing lab setup: the PF32 Time-Correlated Single-Photon Counting Camera. Contact Lastek in Australia and New Zealand for further details on Photon Force products.