Photonis has announced the addition of a new Long Life, Low Noise (L3N) performance option for its entire micro channel plate (MCP) line.
The new L3N option offers up to a one hundred-fold reduction in background noise when compared to traditional MCPs, according to Photonis. Any MCP made by Photonis can be now be ordered with this new low-noise performance option. The new low noise option is for applications where the background noise of the specific application is currently lower than the detector noise.
Photonis explains that in recent tests, at 0.01 counts/second/cm2, the L3N MCP dark count level approaches the background level of cosmic rays. L3N MCPs had previously been developed by Photonis as a custom product and has been deployed in a number of space exploration missions, including the Chandler X-Ray Telescope.