Scientific image intensifier tubes

For Intensified Camera manufacturers seeking state-of-the-art image intensifier technology, Photonis offers scientific-grade image intensifiers tubes with unparalleled specifications. These include market-leading Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR), superb limiting resolution, and sub-nanosecond gating technology.

Based on Hi-QE photocathode technology and industry-leading Photonis Microchannel Plate technology, these scientific-grade image intensifiers are renowned for their high durability and long lifetime.

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Available in 18, 25, and 40 mm Diameter
Market-Leading Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)
Superb Limiting Resolution up to 80 lp/mm
Available with Hi-QE Photocathode Technology
Sub-Nanosecond Gating Technology
Customizable for Every OEM Application

Scientific image intensifier tubes

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Technical information

Photonis Image Intensifiers can be custom ordered from prototypes to full scale production to fulfill the application requirements. If you need guidance, contact us with your specifications.

Active Detection AreaAvailable in 18, 25, and 40 mm diameters
Microchannel PlatesPhotonis offers MCPs in a wide range of sizes, from 16mm to 40 mm. Multiple MCPs can be configured in Chevron or Z-stack for increased gain.
Phosphor coatingsSeveral different phosphors are available to heighten the detection visibility of your application.
PhotocathodesWith nearly a dozen photocathodes to choose from, including our exclusive Hi-QE option, you can hone in on the exact wavelength range you need.
GatingImage intensifiers can be provided with a number of gating units or stages, and are also available with electronic shutters.
Input and output windowsSeveral options are available including glass and fiber to optimize photon sensitivity across the entire image intensifier.
Imaging CamerasA Cricket lens coupling interface is available as well as a range of CMOS, CCD, ICCD or ICMOS cameras to capture your phenomena.
Power SuppliesExternal power supplies can be provided to manage gating.




Our ability to offer custom image intensification solutions guarantees you capture the wavelength you require with the gain, output, and timing you need. Our extensive experience and capability means we can create prototypes, small batch, or full production quantities.

Image Intensifier tubes are used to amplify photons across a wide range of wavelengths, making them visible to researchers to observe behavior and phenomena. Our detectors are ideal for medical imaging, non-destructive testing, high-energy physics research, or space exploration. Photonis offers the largest selection of both custom and standard detectors in the market, to be sure you get the exact detector to match your requirements.


Learning Highlight

Hi-QE photocathodes
Photonis' Hi-QE photocathodes are available in four options, designed to heighten the spectral response across specific wavelengths when compared to broader spectral response photocathodes of S20 and S25.  The Hi-QE UV offers superior detection to 330nm, while the Hi-QE blue provides improved response through 400mn. The Hi-QE green option provides unparalleled response from 400-550 nm, while the new Hi-QE Red photocathode is optimized for the 400-900nm spectral range, providing 50% greater quantum efficiency. At 650nm, Hi-QE Red provides 22% QE - versus 16% in the standard S25 photocathode. Notably, at 900nm the Hi-QE red photocathode offers a 50% improvement over the traditional S25 photocathode.