During the last 10 years, we are in a close collaboration with the firm EuroPhoton GmbH (now EuroPhoton e.K., www.europhoton.de) in electronics and software development for the novel TSCSPC method. This firm has a long and solid experience in development and production of wide-field time- and space- sensitive detectors of fluorescence emission based on micro channel plate (MCP) signal amplification and complete acquisition multi-channel systems, see newsletters. These detectors are very nice in the field of TCSPC applications, particularly in FLIM. We would like to emphasize that the method Time- and Space- Correlated Single Photon counting (TSCSPC) was originally developed and patented by EuroPhoton.
We would like to offer the proprietary low-noise detector heads (SM capable), developed by EuroPhoton, to customers that have already appropriate (Roentdek, FastComtec, B&H) read-out electronics in their lab, for setting-up a budget TSCSPC system. Assistance with interfacing will be provided.
Please consider buying a TSCSPC detector head or a complete system that may open a new window in your research. Two commercial proposals are available at the moment, one is for a new detector head (see quotation) and the other for a used one (EuroPhoton research) with estimated 80% of its useful lifetime (see quotation).
Long-term repair and service of the detector head and TSCSPC system will be provided. Everything, except the MCP, can be repaired or exchanged. So, by simply avoiding too much light on the detector when high voltage is on, gives the detector a long life. At EuroPhoton, the developed detectors are used in their own research for several years now.
You may evaluate the performance of the TSCSPC detector at EuroPhoton GmbH/e.K before buying it. You may come to EuroPhoton GmbH with the prepared sample and other required equipment (e.g. laser) and perform a series of measurements. Accommodation will be provided by EuroPhoton GmbH/e.K. Also, EuroPhoton GmbH/e.K promises to give assistance for your own first measurements, analysis and interpretation of results.
The main advantages of the developed scanning-free imaging-TCSPC systems for FLIM are:
- very simple optical set-up
- simple interfacing with classical microscope periphery, such as dual-imager or polychromator for TRES application.
- very low light exposure of sample, providing low photo-toxicity
- highly developed acquisition (FastComtec and Roentdek dataformats) and evaluation software, that can be adopted to user`s needs by a request.