SPC-QC-004 Module

3 Channel TCSPC Module / 4 Channel Time-Tagger Module

  • Three Parallel TCSPC Channels + One Sync / Reference Channel or Four Parallel Absolute Timing Channels
  • Time Channel Width Down to 4 ps
  • IRF Width <39 ps FWHM
  • Typical Timing Jitter 16 ps RMS
  • Excellent Timing Stability: Timing Drift over 10 Minutes <5 ps RMS
  • Low Dead Time
  • Adjustable SYNC Delay ± 128 ns
  • High Peak Count Rate, up to 120 MHz 
  • Parallel Fluorescence Decays in up to Three Detection Channels
  • Recording of Fluorescence Decay and Other Optical Waveforms
  • Multi-Wavelength Detection of Fluorescence Decay Data
  • Photon Time- and Parameter Tagging
  • Photon Correlation Down to the ps Range
  • Free Instrument Software for Windows 10 / 11
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    Description

    General Information

    The SPC-QC-004 TCSPC module has three parallel TCSPC channels with a common reference channel on a single PCI-express board. Alternatively, the module can be operated with four absolute photon timing channels. The module features high temporal and spatial resolution, high peak count rate, and extraordinarily high timing stability. The SPC-QC-004 offers the usual modes for recording temporal waveforms of optical signals, sequential recording multi-wavelength recording, time- and parameter-tag recording, triggered accumulation of fast time series of curves and simultaneous fluorescence and phosphorecence decay recording. 

    Measurement Software Included

    The SPCM operating and measurement software is included with all SPC series modules. SPCM provides online calculation and display (2D, 3D) of data (decay curves, FCS and FCCS) acquired in multiple operation modes. SPCM software undergoes active continuous development. SPCM receives frequent updates with new features and bug fixes. Read more…

    FLIM and FCS Data Analysis

    For advanced fluorescence lifetime single-curve data analysis, please use SPCImage.
    For advanced visualisation and analysis of dynamic effects, please use SPCDynamics.
    For advanced fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) and cross-correlation (FCCS) data analysis, please use Burst Analyzer.

    Custom Programming Libraries (DLL, LabVIEW)

    For automation and custom software integration, DLLs and LabVIEW drivers are available. Read more…

     

     

    Specifications

    Photon Channel

     

    Principle

    Constant Fraction Discriminator (CFD)

    Discriminator Input Bandwidth

    4 GHz

    Optimum Input Voltage Range

    -30 mV to -500 mV

    Min. Input Pulse Width

    200 ps

    Threshold

    0 to -500 mV

    Zero Cross Adjust

    -100 mV to 100 mV

    Syncronisation Channel

     

    Principle

    Constant Fraction Discriminator (CFD)

    Discriminator Input Bandwidth

    4 GHz

    Optimum Input Voltage Range

    -30 mV to -500 mV

    Min. Input Pulse Width

    200 ps

    Threshold

    0 to -500 mV

    Zero Cross Adjust

    -100 mV to 100 mV

    Frequency Range

    0 to 150 MHz

    Frequency Divider

    1 – 2 - 4

    Adjustable Delay

    ± 128 ns

    Time-Measurement Circuitry

     

    Principle

    Time-to-Digital Converter

    IRF Width, FWHM

    < 39 ps

    Typical RMS Timing Jitter

    16 ps

    Time Range, at 4096 Time Channels

    16 ns to 72 µs

    Min. Time / Channel

    4 ps

    Timing Stability, Range 16 ns, over 10 min

    < 5 ps RMS

    Diff. Nonlinearity

    < 1 % RMS

    Dead Time

    8 ns

    Data Acquisition

    Histogram Modes

    Method

    on-board multi-dimensional histogramming process

    Peak Count Rate, Each Channel

    120 MHz

    Saturated Count Rate, Continuous

    40 MHz

    Max. Counts / Time Channel (Counting Depth)

    216 - 1

    Max. No. Of Time Channels

    65,536

    Overflow Control

    none, stop, repeat and correct

    Collection Time

    0.1 µs to 100,000 s

    Display Interval Time

    10 ms to 100,000 s

    Repeat Time

    0.1 µs to 100,000 s

    Synchronisation with Scanning (Scan Sync IN Mode

    Pixel, line and frame clocks from scanning device

    Routing

    4 bit, TTL

    Count Enable

    1 bit, TTL

    Experiment Trigger

    TTL

    Data Acquisition

    FIFO / Parameter-Tag Mode

    Method

    Parameter-tagging of individual photons, continuous writing to disk

    Online Display

    Decay functions, FCS, Cross-FCS, PCH MCS Traces

    FCS Calculation

    Multi-tau algorithm, online calculation and online fit

    Number of Counts of Decay/ Waveform Recording

    unlimited

    Peak Count Rate

    120 MHz

    Sustained Count Rate (Bus-Transfer Limit)

    40 MHz (Software dependent)

    Max. Counts / Time Channel (Counting Depth)

    unlimited

    Max. No. of Time Channels

    4096

    On-board FIFO Buffer Capacity (Photons, per Channel)

    1.750,000

    Macro Timer Resolution, Internal Clock

    2 ns, overflows marked by MOTF entry in data stream

    Routing

    4 bit, TTL/CMOS

    External Event Marker

    4 bit, TTL/CMOS

    Experiment Trigger

    TTL/CMOS

    Input Experiment Trigger

    TTL

    Operation Environment

     

    Operating System

    Windows 10, Windows 11

    Bus Connector (Slot Type)

    PCIe

    Total Power Consumption

    approx. 12 W from +12 V

    Dimensions

    205 mm x 120 mm x 18 mm

    Downloads

    Documents

    The bh TCSPC Handbook
    10th edition, September 2023

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