Raptor Photonics, a global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance digital cameras has launched a revolutionary new vacuum technology called PentaVac™.
Using 21st century technology and the latest knowhow in materials science Raptor has exploited the opportunity to develop a new state of the art vacuum chamber. Raptor will be applying this vacuum technology across its range of cameras enable them to be deep cooled, as low as Δ-111°C.
In developing this technology we identified 5 key features that would deliver significant performance to our cameras and ultimately benefits to our users.
Deep cooling down to Δ-111°C – minimise dark current in long exposures
Long lifetime – multi-getters enabling integrity and longevity of sensor performance.
Small and lightweight – perfect for OEM and instrumentation requirements
Rugged – designed and tested to MillSpec standards operating in a range of extreme environments
Low power – better efficiency for easier set-up and integration
What is PentaVac™?
PentaVac™ is a small vacuum chamber in a lightweight, self-contained package which houses an imaging sensor. Proprietary sealing techniques and advanced multistage getters assembled in a Class 100 Cleanroom environment ensures a lifetime vacuum guarantee with a mean time between failures of 100 years.
The vacuum will not only enable cooling it will also protect the quality and integrity of the
sensor. With options of both water and air cooling, PentaVac™ offers flexibility to match customer requirements. As you would expect from all Raptor products PentaVac™ is ruggedly constructed, designed and leak-tested to MilSpec standards (MIL-STD-883H).
It will operate in extreme environmental conditions ranging -40 to +71°C. And with low operating power, it makes it simple and easy to integrate. PentaVac™ also enables fast thermal stabilization with full control to an accuracy of +/- 0.01ºC allowing experiments to take place very quickly.
What does PentaVac™ mean for users?
Cooling down to Δ-111°C PentaVac™ will deliver ultra-low dark current as well as minimize hot spots and blemishes during longer exposure times. it will also ensure longer camera lifetime.