Project Description

AXIS-NV: High Dynamic Range Streak Camera

AXIS-NV is used for time-resolved spectroscopy of subnanosecond events in the visible and IR range. Its wide aperture allows to streak a 1000 point image with a time resolution of 10-150 picosecond with an extremely high dynamic range.

axis px streak camera

Portable system with:

  • P510 PHOTONIS large-slit streak tube

  • Available with S20, S25 and S1 photocathode

  • TE-cooled 16-bit CCD coupled by fiber optics

  • EMI-rugged electronics

  • Internal computer with remote control

  • Full calibration on a femtosecond laser


  • High Energy Physics

  • Z-Pinch Science

  • Plasma diagnostics



This streak camera uses a P510 PHOTONIS streak tube built according to high quality standards and features:

  • 10-50 picosecond time resolution
  • High spatial resolution
  • Wide slit (35mm x 5mm)
  • Ruggedized for harsh environment

It can be built with different cathodes and matched with the experiment for optimal throughput:

photonis bilamellar streak tube


Photocathode length (X): 35 mm

Photocathode effective width (Y): adjustable from 50 µm to 5 mm

Spatial Resolution (dx): 60µm or 30µm with 50% contrast at the center of the screen

Number of spatial resolution units in screen (X/dx):  500 0r 1000 points


Available Ranges (ΔT):  2 ns to 1 ms

Number of time-resolution units in screen (Nt):  600 in narrow slit mode

Single-shot time resolution (δt):  δt = ΔT / Nt     5 ps or 150 ps


Standard Sweep Unit
Trigger pulse Electrical
Requirements 5-10 V in 50Ω
Maximum repetition rate  1000 kHz
Jitter  < 15 ps RMS


Readout type: TE-Cooled CCD Digital camera

CCD chip size: 4096 x 4096 pixels

Digitizer: 16 bit

Coupling to streak tube: 1.4:1 Fiber optic taper


streak camera-normal-mode Normal sweep
The sweep crosses the whole screen and ends outside.
streak camera-timing-mode Timing mode
The sweep always remains in the screen. It is used to synchronize the streak camera to the experiment.
streak camera-focus-mode Focus mode
The slit image is positioned at the center of the screen. The sweep trigger is disabled. This mode is used to align the experimental setup and to adjust the incident light level.


AXIS-NV is an all-in-one system that is operated locally by connecting a monitor, a keyboard and a mouse.

It comes with an internal computer that controls the streak tube supplies, the sweep circuits, monitors voltage stability, performs different self tests and safety checks. It can also control other optional peripherals via the USB port (a laser system, for example).

All required software comes pre-installed on the system. It is used to:

  • Control whole system and acquire images
  • Control the laser system (optional)
  • Plot lineouts along time axis or space axis
  • save image in different formats

Remote control over Gigabit Ethernet :

  • “Windows Remote Desktop”
  • Web base GUI
  • High level device servers (TANGO, OPC, etc…) are available.