22 February 2018 C-RED One and C-RED2: SWIR high-performance cameras using Saphira e-APD and Snake InGaAs detectors
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Proceedings Volume 10539, Photonic Instrumentation Engineering V; 1053914 (2018) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2289628
Event: SPIE OPTO, 2018, San Francisco, California, United States
After the development of the OCAM2 EMCCD fast visible camera dedicated to advanced adaptive optics wavefront sensing, First Light Imaging moved to the SWIR fast cameras with the development of the C-RED One and the C-RED 2 cameras.

First Light Imaging’s C-RED One infrared camera is capable of capturing up to 3500 full frames per second with a subelectron readout noise and very low background. C-RED One is based on the last version of the SAPHIRA detector developed by Leonardo UK. This breakthrough has been made possible thanks to the use of an e-APD infrared focal plane array which is a real disruptive technology in imagery. C-RED One is an autonomous system with an integrated cooling system and a vacuum regeneration system. It operates its sensor with a wide variety of read out techniques and processes video on-board thanks to an FPGA. We will show its performances and expose its main features.

In addition to this project, First Light Imaging developed an InGaAs 640x512 fast camera with unprecedented performances in terms of noise, dark and readout speed based on the SNAKE SWIR detector from Sofradir. The camera was called C-RED 2. The C-RED 2 characteristics and performances will be described.

The C-RED One project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement N° 673944. The C-RED 2 development is supported by the "Investments for the future" program and the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur Region, in the frame of the CPER.
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Jean-Luc Gach, Jean-Luc Gach, Philippe Feautrier, Philippe Feautrier, Eric Stadler, Eric Stadler, Fabien Clop, Fabien Clop, Stephane Lemarchand, Stephane Lemarchand, Thomas Carmignani, Thomas Carmignani, Yann Wanwanscappel, Yann Wanwanscappel, David Boutolleau, David Boutolleau, } "C-RED One and C-RED2: SWIR high-performance cameras using Saphira e-APD and Snake InGaAs detectors", Proc. SPIE 10539, Photonic Instrumentation Engineering V, 1053914 (22 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2289628; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2289628


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