Every Andor Spectroscopy system features a combination of detectors and spectral instruments, seamlessly controlled through Andor’s dedicated and intuitive Solis software platform. From configuration of these pre-aligned, pre-calibrated instruments to integration into each unique laboratory set-up, Andor Spectroscopy solutions allow researchers around the world to focus quickly on their own work of challenges.

Detectors and Cameras

The product range includes the world’s most advanced and versatile CCD and ICCD detectors, and in recent years we have pushed the boundaries of working in low light by pioneering Electron Multiplying CCD (EMCCD) technology. Our most recent technological advancement has been Scientific CMOS (sCMOS). Read more about the cameras.

Newton EMCCD and CCD Spectroscopy Detectors

Both the Andor NewtonEM EMCCD spectroscopy detectors and Newton conventional CCD spectroscopy detector systems have been optimized for high performance spectroscopic applications. All Newton detector systems employ low noise electronics, cooling to -100°C, up to 95% peak Quantum Efficiency (QE), multi-MHz readout, USB 2.0 connectivity and versatile readout modes.

The NewtonEM employs Andor's pioneering electron multiplying CCD platform with exclusive sensor formats optimized for ultra-low light level spectroscopy applications. The combination of the NewtonEM's low noise electronics, high QE, multi-MHz readout, and the on-chip amplification (Electron Multiplication) option, makes this detector unsurpassed for the most demanding of ultra-low light level spectroscopy applications, including single photon light level spectra. Dual output amplifiers also allow the detector system to operate in both the electron-multiplication mode and the conventional low noise readout modes, making the spectroscopy detector even more versatile for a wider variety of applications.

The Newton spectroscopy detector series of conventional CCD detectors also employ industry-leading low noise electronics and CCD sensors such as the 2048 x 512 and the 1024 x 256 pixel formats.

ModelActive PixelsPixel SizeRead NoiseTechnologySpectra/s
Newton 9201024 x 25526 x 264CCD1612
Newton 9402048 x 51213.5 x 13.52.5CCD943
Newton 9701600 x 20016 x 16<1EMCCD1515
Newton 9711600 x 40016 x 16<1EMCCD1515


iXon Ultra and iXon3 EMCCD Camera Series

Driving the Absolute Best from EMCCD Camera Technology
Andor’s iXon design ensures the absolute highest sensitivity from a quantitative scientific digital camera, particularly under fast frame rate conditions. The NEW iXon Ultra 888 camera has raised the bar considerably, accelerating frame rates to up to 3x faster, the data stream transmitted through a convenient plug and play USB 3.0 interface.

Andor’s proven UltraVac™ vacuum technology, carrying a 7 year warranty, is critical to ensure both deep cooling and complete protection of the sensor. The iXon series are designed to be the most flexible yet easy to use EMCCD camera on the market, optimizable for a wide variety of application requirements in a single click via the new OptAcquire™ feature. Furthermore, signal can be quantitatively calibrated in units of electrons or photons, either real time or post-processing. Patented, pioneering technology offers automated recalibration of the linear EM gain scale, alongside anti-ageing protection.

Crucially, the iXon EMCCD camera brand carries an outstanding reputation for product quality and reliability, brandishing an unparalleled track record of minimal field failures.

ModelActive PixelsCoolingPixel Size
Frame Rate
Read Noise
iXon Ultra 897512 x 512-10016x1656<1
iXon Ultra 8881024 x 1024-95°C1326<1
iXon3 860128 x 128-10024x24513<1


iDus Spectroscopy CCD

The World's Most Compact and Reliable Spectroscopy CCD
As Andor has pioneered vacuum CCD technology over many years, we have thousands of detectors in the field, more than anyone else. These economies of scale now enable us to provide more affordable technology in the form of the iDus spectroscopy CCD detector.

Technology markets evolve and we all expect to get more for our money. The Andor iDus leads the way, delivering performance that was once the preserve of high-end spectroscopy.

This iDus spectroscopy ccd was designed with the lowest noise to provide an ultra sensitive and high dynamic range detector for use in a wide range of both conventional and demanding spectroscopic applications such as fluorescence, raman, absorption / transmission / reflection and atomic emission. The iDus is offered with a wide range of different format sensors to optimize the detector for your specific application.

ModelActive PixelsCoolingPixel Size
Spectral RangeSpectra/s
iDus 416 CCD2000 x 256-9515 x 15NIR30
iDus 401 Series1024 x 127-10026 x 26UV/Visible/NIR88
iDus 420 Series1024 x 255-10026 x 26UV/Visible/NIR88
1.7µm InGaAs1024 x 1-9050 x 500NIR/SWIR193
2.2µm InGaAs1024 x 1-9050 x 250NIR/SWIR193


iStar ICCD Camera - Leading intensified CCD camera

Fast gated ICCDs
Building on more than 16 years of Excellence in the development of World-class, fast-gated Intensified CCD (ICCD) cameras, Andor redefines the standard of rapid, ns time-resolved Imaging and Spectroscopy with the introduction of the New iStar ICCD camera family.

Andor's iStar ICCD camera series extract the very best from CCD sensor and gated image intensifier technologies, achieving a superior combination of rapid acquisitions rates and ultra-high Sensitivity down to single photon. Exceptional detection performances are accessed through high Quantum-Efficiency Image intensifiers, Thermo-Electric cooling to -40°C, 500 kHz photocathode gating rates and enhanced intensifier EBI noise reduction.

Low jitter, low insertion delay gating Electronics and nanosecond-scale optical gating provide excellent timing accuracy down to few 10's of picoseconds, allowing ultra-precise synchronisation of complex experiments through iStar ICCD camera series comprehensive range of triggering options and input/outputs interface.

ModelActive PixelsPixel SizeFrame Rate
Read NoiseSpectra/s
iStar 312T512 x 51224 x 2415.85.4291
iStar 320T690 x 25526 x 2615.87322
iStar 334T1024 x 102413 x 134.25145
iStar 340T1330 x 51213.5 x 13.52.56135
iZyla sCMOS2560 x 21606.5 x 6.51001.2N/A


Neo and Zyla sCMOS Cameras

Scientific CMOS (sCMOS) is a breakthrough technology that offers an advanced set of performance features that render it ideal to high fidelity, quantitative scientific measurement. The multi-megapixel sensors offers a large field of view and high resolution, without compromising read noise, dynamic range or frame rate.

ModelActive PixelsFrame Rate
Dark Current
Neo 5.5 sCMOS2560 x 2160300.007
Zyla 5.5 sCMOS2560 x 2160100 (40 USB 3.0)0.14
Zyla 4.2 sCMOS2048 x 2048100 (53 USB 3.0)0.14



• Only vacuum cooled CMOS
• Lowest noise / max. sensitivity
• 5 year vacuum warranty
• Rolling & Global shutter


• 5.5 and 4.2 megapixel sensors
• High QE option
• 100 fps sustained
• Industry fastest USB 3.0
• Compact, light and cost effective
• Rolling & Global shutter (Zyla 5.5)

iKon CCD Camera Series

The iKon slow scan CCDs offer industry-leading low-noise performance, alongside unparalleled thermoelectric cooling to -100°C, enabling better signal-to-noise at longer exposure times than other CCD cameras on the market. The iKon series offer up to 5 MHz readout for rapid frame rate acquisition or fast focusing, along with direct USB 2.0 connectivity to PC.

ModelActive PixelsCoolingPixel SizeFrame Rate
Read Noise
iKon-M 912512 x 512-10024 x 2483
iKon-L 9362048 x 2048-10013.5 x 13.50.952.9
iKon-M 9341024 x 1024-10013 x 134.42.9
PV Inspector
1024 x 1024
-10013 x 13


High Energy Detection

Andor’s comprehensive range of high energy camera detection systems addresses a wide variety of imaging and spectroscopy applications from cell structure studies and medical research to material analysis. These direct or indirect detection systems can be used at varying energy levels and are configured to operate across a number of sampling interfaces

HED Cameras for Indirect Detection
ModelActive PixelsCoolingPixel SizeRead Noise
Zyla sCMOS HF2560 x 216006.5 x 6.50.9
iKon-L HF2048 x 2048-3513.5 x 13.54.9


HED Cameras for Direct Detection
ModelActive PixelsCoolingPixel SizeRead Noise
iKon-L SY2048 x 2048-5513.5 x 13.52.9
iKon-M SY1024 x 1024-10013 x 132.9
iKon-L SO2048 x 2048-10013.5 x 13.52.9
iKon-M SO1024 x 1024-10013 x 132.9
Classic Maxi Series2048 x 2048-7513.5 x 13.52.5
Classic Mini Series1024 x 255-10026 x 2618
Newton SO1024 x 255-10026 x 262.8
Newton SY1024 x 255-10026 x 262.8


Multi-Wavelength Imaging

The vast majority of imaging applications involve the use of more than one fluorescent probe e.g. FRET, dual color imaging, co-localization studies etc. For multi-wavelength imaging Andor Technology has the most flexible and versatile solution available to the researcher.

High performance, two camera imaging adapter
Optosplit II
Dual Emission Image Splitter for single camera
Optosplit III
Triple Emission Image Splitter



Andor provides a range of spectral instruments suitable for a wide range of spectrosopy applications, from high-resolution UV plasma studies to NIR photoluminescence. Our rugged Czerny-Turner and Echelle spectrographs come pre-aligned and pre-calibrated for ease of operation. The latest addition, the on-axis, high throughput, imaging Holospec spectrograph give superb results in milliseconds, not minutes. Read more here.

Shamrock Spectrograph Series

The Shamrock 303i, 500i and 750 imaging spectrographs are research-grade, high performance and rugged platforms designed for working with demanding low-light applications, but equally suited to routine measurements. These instruments can be seamlessly integrated with Andor’s world-class range of CCDs, Electron-Multiplying CCDs, Intensified CCDs, InGaAs cameras and single point detectors to offer a versatile, yet most sensitive modular solutions on the market.

ModelFocal LengthApertureResolutionCommunication
Shamrock 163163 mmF/3.60.17 nmManual
Shamrock 303303 mmF/40.10 nmUSB 2.0
Shamrock 500500 mmF/6.50.06 nmUSB 2.0
Shamrock 750750 mmF/9.80.04 nmUSB 2.0


HoloSpec F/1.8 Imaging Spectrograph

The new Andor HoloSpec is the ideal solution for collecting more light and achieving better signal-to-noise ratio faster, which is critical for applications such as micro-Raman mapping, microfluidics, real-time medical diagnosis (point-of-care analyzers) or stand-off bacteriologic agents or explosives detection.

• High collection efficiency ultrafast F/1.8 aperture
• On-axis imaging-corrected design
• High throughput optical design
• High-density multi-track capabilities
• Compact and rugged design

Mechelle 5000

Andor’s new Mechelle ME5000 Echelle spectrograph has been designed to provide simultaneous recording of a wide wavelength range (200-975 nm) in one acquisition. It has no moving components is available in a pre-aligned detector/spectrometer format.

• Compact and robust design
• Patented optical design
• Auto-temperature correction
• N2 purged
• Pre-aligned detector/spectrograph

Raman Explorer

The Raman Explorer™ family of multi-channel, multi-spectrum spectrographs is based on Headwall’s patented, aberration-corrected, retro-reflective concentric design – an innovative, high reciprocal dispersion instrument which is optimized for high signal throughput of weak Raman spectra with reduced measurement integration time.

• High Signal Throughput
• High Dynamic Range
• High Spectral Resolution
• High Spatial Resolution

Software and Accessories

Solis Software Packages

Solis is Andor’s camera control and analysis software platform, with versions specifically designed to run imaging; Solis (i), spectroscopy; Solis (s), time resolved; Solis (t) cameras and associated accessories. Solis is available as a 32-bit and fully 64-bit enabled application for Windows (XP, Vista, 7 and 8) offering rich functionality for data acquisition and processing. Solis has an extensive built-in programming language, AndorBasic, which has been specially designed to simplify even the most complex operations. As Andor Basic can be used to program image acquisitions, automate file storage, communicate with external devices and manipulate data, you can build macros to automate your experiment.

Solis I
Designed for image capture and analysis in a wide range of fields.
Solis S
The ideal software platform for spectroscopy applications
Solis T
Software for time-resolved work, controlling the iStar range of camera
Solis ScanningOffering a dedicated platform for scanning applications.


Andor SDK

The Andor Software Development Kit (SDK) gives the programmer access to the Andor camera and spectrograph range. The key part of the SDK is the dynamic link library which can be used with a wide variety of programming environments including C, C++, C#, Visual Basic and LabVIEW.

• Programming access to the Andor product range
• Compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and Linux
• 32-bit and 64-bit versions available
• Control CCD temperature and shutter operations
• Save and read files

Third Party Imaging Software Support

• Support Partners
• Andor has worked with several 3rd party imaging software companies to include support for the Andor range of cameras. The compatibility matrix below shows which of the 3rd party software packages are compatible with Andor products.
See the Support Partners here!

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