For several years, professional astronomers have been looking to Andor as a source of extreme performance, exceptionally robust off-the-shelf detector solutions, utilised across many of the key observation sites worldwide. We will provide an overview of the key high sensitivity and high resolution detector technology types, used in diverse applications such as transit exoplanet discovery, AO wavefront sensing, solar exploration, high time resolution astrophysics, gravitational lensing and even customised guide cameras. Electron Multiplying CCD (EMCCD) and Scientific CMOS (sCMOS) cameras have been widely adopted as a means of delivering down to sub electron noise at fast frame rates, whereas deep cooled, back-illuminated CCDs remain the detector of choice for long exposure applications.
We will preview some new and unique high resolution detector solutions, including a large area CCD platform that cools to -90 0C without need for liquid nitrogen or notoriously unreliable ‘cryo compressed gas’ solutions, also delivering up to 18-bit dynamic range within a single exposure. We will also preview a future large area sCMOS solution which will be capable of reading out a very high resolution array at 80 fps, with < 2 e- read noise.