TCSPC

Digital TCSPC is designed for fast FLIM data acquisition and with the unique capability to cover the range from picoseconds to seconds with a time bin of 1 picosecond. Featuring 8 independent input channels, the unit records time-tagged time-resolved (TTTR) events in streaming mode.

Two versions of the module are available: one unit (SWISS-2) allows for maximum data transfer rate of 8.5 M tags/second while the second (SWISS-3) reaches 65 M tags/second; dead time is 6 ns and 2 ns respectively. Decay times from the picosecond to the second time scales can be resolved (FLIM and PLIM). The card is supported by drivers in Windows 10, 64-bit, operating systems. The connection to the computer is through USB protocol.

Measurements

  • Time-Tagged-Phase-Resolved lifetime measurements
  • Single-wavelength and multi-wavelength FLIM/PLIM
  • Confocal images
  • Anisotropy measurements (steady-state and time-resolved)
  • FCS, FCCS, PCH
  • Scanning FCS, RICS, N&B
  • Stoichiometry
  • Single Molecule FRET
  • PIE measurements

Features

  • 8-channel simultaneous acquisition
  • Decay rates range: from picoseconds to seconds
  • Dead time: 6 ns and 2ns (model dependent)
  • Trigger input from external source
  • Pixel, Line and Frame CLK synchronization
  • USB communication
  • Drivers for Windows 10, 64-bit, OS
Specifications
Feature SWISS-2 SWISS-3
Operation
No. of Input channels 8 4
Minimum time bin width (ps) 1 1
Time resolution, RMS jitter (ps) 34 10
Dead Time (ns) 6 2
Decay time measurement PLIM and FLIM: from 10ps to ≈3 months
Synchronization w/ scanning devices LINE/FRAME/PIXEL Scan
Data Acquisition (Photon Mode or Time-Tagged Time-Resolved)
Data Transfer Rate (M tags/s) 8.5 65
Burst Memory (M tags) 8 512
Max sync rate (MHz) 167 500
Input signals
Input impedance (Ω) 50 50
No. of CFD inputs 2 standard, up to 4 2 standard, up to 4
Min CFD Input signal (V) 30 mV (amplification stages included) 30 mV (amplification stages included)
Non-CFD Input signal range (V) 0.3 ±3
Non-CFD Trigger level range (V) 0 - 2.5 ±2.5
Non-CFD min pulse height (mV) 100 100
Non-CFD min pulse width (ns) 1 0.5
Mechanical & Electrical
Input connectors BNC BNC
Data interface USB2 USB3
Power 120/240 V, 50/60 Hz, 40 W
Dimensions (cm) 42.5 (W) x 36 (D) x 10 (H)