Last Update January 12, 2017

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  • Electrical, Electronics & Electro-optics

PHOTONIS is a leading multinational high-technology group, with experience in manufacture, sales and innovation specializing in photo sensor imaging technologies since 1937. The company operates internationally in several key areas:

  • Defence
  • Security & Surveillance
  • Particle Physics
  • Scientific Applications
  • Space & Astrophysics
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Industrial Applications
  • Nuclear Instrumentation
  • Communication

PHOTONIS is a global manufacturer of electro-optic components used in the detection of ions, electrons and photons. They innovate and engineer quality components for integration into a variety of applications such as night vision optics, digital cameras, mass spectrometry, physics research, space exploration and many others.

PHOTONIS designs and manufactures in four state of the art facilities across the globe and work with their customers to continually bring improvements and innovation to their products. The company is the most widely deployed night vision tube globally, lead the mass spectrometer detector market, and has products installed in most space telescopes and high energy physics experiments in laboratories around the world.

ADDRESSES

PHOTONIS Technologies S.A.S.
Domaine de PELUS
Axis Business Park – Bât E - 18 Avenue de Pythagore - 33700 MERIGNAC - France
T +33 (0)556 16 40 50
F +33 (0)556 16 40 62

PHOTONIS Netherlands B.V.
Visit address: Dwazziewegen 2 - 9301 ZR Roden - The Netherlands
Mail address: P.O. Box 60 - 9300 AB Roden - The Netherlands
T +31 (0)505 01 88 08
F +31 (0)505 01 14 56
Email: sales@nl.photonis.com

PHOTONIS France S.A.S
Visit address: Avenue Roger Roncier - 19100 Brive La Gaillarde - France
Mail address: B.P. 520 - 19106 Brive Cedex - France
T +33 (0)555 86 37 00
F +33 (0)555 86 37 74
Email: sales@photonis.com

PHOTONIS USA
Visit address: 660 Main Street - Sturbridge, MA 01566 - United States of America
Mail address: P.O. Box 1159 - Sturbridge, MA 01566 - United States of America
T +1 800 648 1800 (US & Can)
T +1 508 347 4000 (Intl calls)
F +1 508 347 3849
Email: sales@usa.photonis.com

PHOTONIS USA Pennsylvania, Inc.
1000 New Holland Avenue - Lancaster - PA 17601 - 5688 - United States of America
T +1 800 366 2875
T +1 717 295 6888 (US calls)
T +1 717 295 6773 (Intl calls)
F +1 717 295 6096
Email: info@photonisusa.com

 

Advanced Performance Detectors

PHOTONIS Advanced Performance Detectors (APDs) are plug-and-play electo-optic assemblies which provide a complete housing, facilitating manufacturing assembly, repair or replacement to mass spectrometers and other machines. Available for new machines or as replacement cartridges for existing models, over 200 types, with cartridge-mounted MCP, further simplifying additional repairs.

PHOTONIS Advanced Performance Detectors (APDs) satisfy applications ranging from mass spectrometry to UV and X-ray astronomy. Most of these detector assemblies are designed for use in ultra-high vacuum systems and the 300°C temperatures reached during chamber cleaning, therefore saving time that would otherwise be required to remove the detector. Readout schemes - including photodiode array, phosphor screen, CCD camera, or direct electrical signal - are available.

Cameras

PHOTONIS is market leader in photon imaging and has successfully incorporated image sensors into complete cameras and camera assemblies. The company's cameras are designed with PHOTONIS detectors, while providing ease-of-use for in-depth image capture and analysis. These cameras and accessories are specifically developed with Night Vision, Homeland Security and Surveillance, Scientific applications in mind.

PHOTONIS offers a variety of camera options to service a wide range of detection and imaging applications. By combining the world’s best detectors directly into easy-to-use cameras, customers are guaranteed that the images can be successfully captured, whether they are single frame or moving video.

Channeltron® Electron Multipliers

PHOTONIS is the world’s largest supplier of standard, retrofit and custom electron multipliers for mass spectrometry. Their advanced designs provide the highest sensitivity through superior signal collection and noise reduction. PHOTONIS is the original manufacturer of Channeltron® electron multipliers, which offer the highest dynamic range to assure an absolutely linear response beyond the limits of most analytical instruments.

Due to their low mass and high gain, electron multipliers are used in many nuclear physics labs and space applications to count electrons and charged particles in pulse mode operation. Typical applications include mass spectrometry, RGA, plasma analysis, Auger, electron spectrometers, SEM, FIB and leak detectors. PHOTONIS offers two different types of electron multipliers: Open and Single Channel. Open multipliers are used in a number of mass spectrometry applications. Single channel electron multipliers are used in the detection core of many scientific instruments.

Electron Generator Arrays

PHOTONIS’ patented ELECTROGEN™ Electron Generator Arrays (EGAs) consist of millions of precision glass tubes fused together to produce a uniform and mechanically rigid structure. They are processed such that, when a voltage is applied across the thickness, each pore produces a beam of electrons.

Because each of the millions of pores produce electrons, the resultant electron flux is extremely uniform and dense. EGAs can be used as the electron source in electron impact ionization source applications. This technology has the advantage of performing as a cold ionization source, which eliminates pyrolytic effects that occur when the heat generated by the filament chemically changes the unknown substances to be identified.

Fiber Optic Light Guides

PHOTONIS Flexible Fiber Optic Light Guides transmit light through glass optical fibers. These light guides collect light in a large acceptance angle, typically 82°, which is equivalent to a f/0.57 lens.

Glass Coated Wires

PHOTONIS is the pioneer of glass coated wire technology. Originally designed to improve the electrical characteristics of ion-generating corona wires, glass coated wires today can be used in high-speed printing, high temperature sensing, corrosive atmosphere wiring, and electrostatic precipitation.

Image Intensifier Tubes

PHOTONIS is the world leader in the design and manufacturing of state-of-the-art Image Intensifier Tube for military, space and commercial applications. Night Vision has become a key opto-electronic technology in modern warfare as more and more combats take place by night. PHOTONIS Night Vision products are in use at all NATO affiliates and are largely deployed worldwide. Image Intensifiers are used to amplify low light level images in a wide light spectrum. 

PHOTONIS offers a broad range of detectors largely based on microchannel plate technology, that provide both clear images and fast response times for superior detection. Image Intensifier Tubes are available in 16, 18, 25, and 40mm optical diagonals.

Low Light Level Imaging Sensors

PHOTONIS' Low light level imaging sensors are ideal for surveillance and unmanned monitoring in daylight to starlight lighting conditions. THe company's Low light level imaging sensors are the enabling technology behind our NOCTURN Low-Light CMOS cameras, ideal for surveillance or mobile applications. Their sensors are ideal for use in both Night Vision and Homeland Security, operating equally well in both daylight and low-light level (equivalent to quarter moon). Their CMOS sensors support Command and Control (C4I) operations, urban and suburban surveillance at night, and advanced applications such as vehicle protection/surveillance and fusion of digital images such as visible (at night) and infra-red (IR).

PHOTONIS Digital Imaging leads the industry through its innovation in extreme low-light imaging products. Optimized for day-through-night lighting conditions, these digital imaging products support surveillance and security applications, industry and research projects, and mobile use. PHOTONIS Digital Imaging offers a wide variety of imaging products with high resolution, high frame rates, and low light capabilities, which can be paired with a number of interfaces and options to provide a superior low-light or day-through-night imaging solution.

Microchannel Plates

PHOTONIS is the industry leader in technology advancements for Microchannel Plates (MCPs). The company offers a broad range of sizes, shapes and options to support a number of imaging applications. 

For over thirty years, PHOTONIS has consistently set the standard in electron multipliers and related products, including MCPs. Their extensive R&D program, coupled with unsurpassed expertise in MCP technology, continues to deliver a succession of product and process improvements that push aside previous technology limits. 

PHOTONIS MCPs can be ordered to specific image grade, pitch/pore sizes, aspect ratios, resistance value and bias angles and phosphor screens to optimize the angular dependency of UV and soft X-ray detection.

Neutron And Gamma Detectors

Development and custom design detectors

  • Adapt versions of industrialised products to customer specific requirements.
  • Develop new detectors with our dedicated team.
  • Collaborate with the CEA (theoretical approach, modelling,qualification tests in research reactors).
  • Dedicated R&D team.
  • Control of the complete manufacturing process cycle on site.
  • Supported by all of the PHOTONIS Group activities, experience and knowledge.

Optical Receivers

The PHOTONIS Optical Receiver optimizes sensitivity in optical communication applications, by offering a 12mm active collection area that is suitable for detecting fast optical signals in the green to ultraviolet spectral range.

Photon Detectors

PHOTONIS manufactures a variety of image detection and intensification products that can be used in medical, industrial, and scientific applications, such as bioluminescence, corona imaging, fingerprint detection, semiconductor manufacturing, and x-ray imaging. Image Intensifier Tubes are also used in a variety of low-light imaging applications, night vision, LIDAR/LADAR imaging and surveillance. 

As a leader in Image Intensifier Tubes for industrial and scientific applications, PHOTONIS continues to develop and co-develop new and innovative technologies for image intensification applications.

Power Supplies

The PHOTONIS line Of BiPOlar bench-top high-voltage power supplies are designed to provide reliable High Voltage for scientific detectors and other general purpose laboratory applications.

Power Tubes

The PHOTONIS USA Power Tube product line encompasses a wide variety of tubes and their associated circuitry components designed for specialty use. PHOTONIS manufactures gridded power tubes (tetrodes and triodes) for use in defence, communications, broadcast, research and other applications. 

Output capabilities range from a few watts to megawatts, and frequency coverage extends from DC to over 1400 MHz. Our Power Tubes can be found across the globe, from mobile communications applications to physics research and were designed to meet very stringent environmental and technical specifications.

Resistive Glass FieldMaster™

PHOTONIS has unparalleled expertise in glass manufacturing for scientific applications. In addition to our patented detectors, PHOTONIS offers a number of glass-based products for facilitating sampling and other specialty applications. 

These products can be used in mass spectrometry, analytical instrumentation, drug research, proteomic and genomic research and even high speed printing. PHOTONIS’ on site glass plant allows to carefully control the manufacturing process in order to produce the highest quality specialty glass. Many of the glass composites are patented to ensure that PHOTONIS will always be able to provide customers with the best application glass products.

Streak Tubes

PHOTONIS manufactures a wide variety of Streak Tubes which are ideal for high speed signal analysis across the entire spectrum. Common PHOTONIS Streak Tube applications include molecular and plasma physics, detonics and ballistics, laser interferometry and temporal measurement, fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy, biology and femtochemistry. The company's streak tubes are also involved in a number of high-end scientific experiments which advance their understanding of various physics, science and medical theories.

Defence

PHOTONIS Night Vision is the world leaders in the design and manufacturing of state-of-the-art Image Intensifier Tube for military, space and commercial applications. Night Vision has become a key opto-electronic technology in modern warfare as more and more combats take place by night. PHOTONIS Night Vision products are in use in all NATO countries and are largely deployed worldwide. PHOTONIS offers a wide range of options to customize the image intensification tube to suit a variety of applications facing today's modern armies, including desert, aviation and urban and under a wide variety of lighting conditions including dynamic lighting.

PHOTONIS wide range of Power Tubes for Defense applications include tetrodes, triodes, and associated circuitry. These Power Tubes are essential components in a number of radar and communications platforms, and are manufactured to exact specifications for reliability and quality.

PHOTONIS offers a wide variety of UHF Military power tubes for defense which are compact, high-gain configurations which are environmentally controlled for mobile, shipboard, airborne and fixed station service. These power tubes remain a critical part of defense communications across the globe.

PHOTONIS Digital Imaging leads the industry through its innovation in low-light imaging products. Optimized for day-through-night lighting conditions, these digital imaging products support surveillance and security applications, industry and research projects, and mobile use.

PHOTONIS Digital Imaging offers a wide variety of imaging products with high resolution, high frame rates, and low light capabilities, which can be paired with a number of interfaces and options to provide a superior low-light or day-through-night imaging solution.

Security & Surveillance

PHOTONIS offers a broad range of products for surveillance, mobile and security applications such as on Airport Security including Tarmac Surveillance, LIDAR/LADAR, Perimeter Control and Portable Chemical Screening.

PHOTONIS Digital Imaging supports innovative low-light cameras and imaging solutions which provide superior day-through-night digital video with high resolution and frame rates.

As a leader in night vision sensor technologies, PHOTONIS is well-positioned to extend their detection technologies into the Homeland Security arena. PHOTONIS' sensors can detect the presence of specific chemical, radiation or gas threats, perform image mapping and even assist with forensic science investigations, while their low-light CMOS cameras can provide day-through-night imaging for both static and mobile applications.

As global tensions increase, the need for 24/7 surveillance to protect both mobile and fixed assets must be reliable under a wide range of environmental and operational conditions. Cameras chosen as part of a wide area surveillance network need to have the capability to provide quality imaging across a wide range of lighting conditions and also have simple connectivity options for easy installation and service.

The advent of digital imaging technologies has assisted in increasing resolution of targets at long‐range to achieve better detection and recognition abilities. High resolution cameras can, at long distances, produce a good quality image, and software can easily zoom or enhance the high resolution image to provide some increased level of recognition without physically moving closer to the object in question.

In order to address the technical concerns that plague long‐range observation in low lighting conditions, PHOTONIS has developed NOCTURN, a low‐light CMOS camera. NOCTURN provides a high frame rate with a high resolution, making the camera well‐suited for long range observations ‐ even of high speed moving objects ‐ without the need for supplemental illumination or cooling. The digital architecture also prevents damage from sudden bright event damage and halos, allowing it to operate equally well in full daylight conditions as well as in low light situations.

The PHOTONIS Image Intensifier Tube is used for a number of low-light and surveillance detection systems including night vision. The wide variety of phosphor screen and photocathode options allow for customization based on application. PHOTONIS' versatile sensors also provide unique photon sensitivity for forensic science use.

Scientific Applications

With so many products available for both mass spectrometry detectors and specialized imaging, the projects with PHOTONIS involvement are endless. Their products support sample collimation, microscopy, fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy. Their sensitive sensors can be ordered to work with low light applications to detect specific spectra, with high-speed imaging applications to analyze one and two dimension images, and even detect low level ion, electron or photon occurrences.

PHOTONIS' contributions to the ongoing discovery of new drugs, treatment techniques, molecular biology and analytical instruments are due to the high quality and sensitivity of their products. PHOTONIS makes a variety of specialty glass products, including multi-capillary inlet tubes, microwell plates and glass capillary arrays which assist in enhancing the sampling process. Medical diagnostics are supported by a variety of imaging products, such as the PLANACON, which is both immune to magnetic interference and can be tiled to produce a larger image

PHOTONIS products can be used in several life science research projects to detect and evaluate specific characteristics of living organisms. From high-speed imaging to sample collimation, their detectors and sensors help researchers discover, understand, and advance life science. PHOTONIS' detection products bring a variety of perspectives to spectroscopy, fluorescence and microscopy research.

Sample collimation is enhanced with PHOTONIS’ uniquely designed Glass Capillary Arrays, which can be used in both gas flow and X-ray collimation. The pore size can be custom-ordered in a range from 2-50 microns to ensure proper particle cut-off.

PHOTONIS’ LongLife™ Multichannel Plates (MCPs) are widely used in mass spectrometers as well as for plasma and ion beam profiling. Their MCPs use patented technologies to combine small pore sizes and optional coatings for the highest charged particle detection efficiency on the market. Their Advanced Performance Detectors combine custom assembly housings with PHOTONIS MCPs to improve the detection limit up to tenfold while offering simple integration with new and existing analytical instruments.

PHOTONIS Micro Pore Optic (MPO) products have been developed for X-ray, UV and EUV photon imaging. These photons can be focused, concentrated or collimated due to the grazing angle of the optic channels.

Low light images can be enhanced with PHOTONIS Image Intensifier Tubes. A shutter ratio of 109 guarantees optimal resolution and contrast when measuring and examining fluorophores in tissue. These images can be captured using PHOTONIS Integrated Camera Units, which contain both an Image Intensifier Tube and a fully-automated CMOS camera. The camera unit has a digital zoom to heighten details, and can be used in microscopy applications.

High-speed imaging is made clear with PHOTONIS' high performance Streak Tube products. PHOTONIS streak tubes can evaluate a single image, a repetitive one-dimensional signal, or a two-dimensional signal (depending on the operating mode), for in-depth analysis of light phenomena, including fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy

PHOTONIS has unparalleled expertise in glass manufacturing for scientific applications. In addition to their patented detectors, PHOTONIS offers a number of glass-based products for facilitating sampling and other specialty applications. These products can be used in mass spectrometry, analytical instrumentation, drug research, proteomic and genomic research and even high speed printing.

PHOTONIS manufactures a wide variety of Streak Tubes which are ideal for high speed signal analysis across the entire spectrum. Common PHOTONIS Streak Tube applications include molecular and plasma physics, detonics and ballistics, laser interferometry and temporal measurement, fluorescence spectroscopy, biology and femtochemistry. The PHOTONIS Streak Tube is ideal for high-speed applications such as laser characterization, plasma light emission and metrology. It converts the incoming photon flux to an electron flux to focus emitted photoelectrons for evaluation. Their streak tubes have the ability to capture a single shot, a repetitive one-dimensional signal or a two-dimensional signal at several successive instances, depending on the deflection voltage waveform.

PHOTONIS manufactures its own line of Neutron and Gamma Detectors for use in radiation studies and nuclear physics. These detectors are Boron-Lined Proportional Counters that can operate in pulse, Campbell and current modes. Gamma Ionization Chambers and Fission Chambers for both in-core and out-of-core use are also manufactured. PHOTONIS also offers a range of cable extensions for specific applications capable of withstanding extreme conditions.

Space & Astrophysics

For decades, PHOTONIS has been a critical development partner in detection solutions for space exploration. Our products are used in many innovative exploration projects, including the Hubble Space Telescope, to capture images and optical data, broadening our understanding of the origins of the universe

PHOTONIS’ support of the exploration missions in space is unparalleled. Most of the research satellites and missions flown in the twentieth and twenty-first century (to date) have included PHOTONIS Microchannel plates, Micro Pore Optics or Hybrid Photo Diodes.

Communication

The PHOTONIS Power and Microwave product line, one of the broadest in the industry, encompasses tubes and associated circuit components that are designed to cover virtually every need in this field. Output capabilities range from a few watts to megawatts, and frequency coverage in their power tubes extends from DC to 1400MHz power tubes. PHOTONIS' recent acquisition of Triton ETD adds Traveling Wave Tubes and Microwave Power Modules and their related accessories to this product group, providing electronic warfare, signal jamming, satellite communications and weapon system simulator application support in ranges from 2-37GHz.

With over 60 years of outstanding power tube experience and an established reputation for production of tubes with excellent performance, quality, and life, PHOTONIS' engineers continue to add innovative tube and associated circuit designs for new areas of customer need. PHOTONIS and PHOTONIS USA PENNSYLVANIA INC. offer the power tube user a reliable and quality product with dependable production capacity and capabilities, backed by strong application and design engineering support.

The PHOTONIS Power and Microwave product line encompasses a wide variety of tubes and their associated circuitry components designed for specialty use. They manufacture power tubes, gridded power tubes, tetrodes, vacuum electron tubes, traveling wave tubes, microwave power modules and triodes for use in defense, communications, broadcast, research and other applications. Output capabilities range from a few watts to megawatts, and frequency coverage extends from DC to over 1400 MHz for power tubes and a range of products supporting 2-37GHz for traveling wave tubes and microwave power modules.

PHOTONIS' power tubes can be found across the globe, from mobile communications applications to physics research and were designed to meet very stringent environmental and technical specifications. With over 70 years of outstanding Power Tube experience through their RCA,BURLE and Triton ETD heritage, PHOTONIS has established a reputation for product performance, quality, and life. PHOTONIS engineers continue to add innovative tube and associated circuit designs for new applications.

PHOTONIS Netherlands B.V.

  •  Dwazziewegen 2 9301 ZR, Roden, Netherlands
  • +31 505 01 88 08
  • +31 505 01 14 56
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