Project Description

AXIS-PX: Subpicosecond X-Ray Streak Camera

AXIS-PX is the only commercial x-ray streak camera that can streak 450 spatial resolution points (18 mm slit) with a time resolution of 700 fs (measured at FWHM).

axis px streak camera

Stand-alone system with:

  • High-end PHOTONIS bilamellar streak tube
  • Interchangeable photocathodes

  • -35°C cooled 16-bit CCD coupled by fiber optics

  • EMI-rugged electronics

  • Internal computer with remote control

  • Full calibration on a fs laser

Applications:

  • Laser-generated plasma sources
  • Z-pinch Plasmas
  • Synchrotron Science
  • High Energy Physics
  • X-ray Lasers
  • X-ray Free Electron Lasers (XFEL)

AXIS-PX SPECIFICATIONS

STREAK TUBE

PHOTONIS bilamellar family: These open tubes use bilamellar optics to provide a subpicosecond temporal resolution whilst maintaining excellent spatial resolution.

photonis bliamellar streak camera tube

SPECTRAL RESPONSE

Photocathode is interchangeable. The user chooses the cathode material to match his experiment.

X cathodes streak camera

SPATIAL RESOLUTION

Photocathode length (X): 18 mm

Spatial Resolution (dx):  40µm with 50% contrast

Number of spatial resolution units in screen (X/dx):  450 points

TIME RESOLUTION

Available Ranges (T):   200 ps to 1 ms

Number of time-resolution units in screen (Nt):  675

Single-shot Time Resolution:
  • For ranges > 700 ps: range/675
  • For ranges < 700 ps: 700 fs
px xres streak camera

TRIGGER

Standard Single-Shot Sweep Units Optional Laser-Triggered Sweep Unit
Trigger pulse Electrical Femtosecond laser
Requirements 5-10 V in 50Ω, 50-200 ns duration 100 μJ @ 800 nm
Maximum repetition rate 100 Hz 5 kHz
Jitter  < 15 ps RMS ~ 1/2 ps (depending on the properties of the laser)

READOUT

Readout type: -30 °C Thermo-Electrically-Cooled Digital camera

CCD chip size: 2048 x 2048 pixels; 27 mm x 27 mm

Digitizer: 16 bits

Coupling to streak tube: 1:1 Fiber optic taper

Cooling: 15-20 °C cooling water is required for the CCD camera

OPERATION MODES