Amsterdam Scientific Instruments (ASI) is a fast-growing high-tech company based at the Science Park in Amsterdam. The company was founded in 2011 as a spin-off of Nikhef, the National Institute of particle physics, the NWO Institute for Subatomic Physics, and AMOLF, the NWO Institute for Physics of Functional Complex Matter.

ASI develops imaging detectors for X-rays, electron microscopy and mass spectroscopy.

Their advanced imaging detectors differ in many ways from conventional cameras. Their cameras can give continuous streams of photon hits with coordinates and nanosecond timestamping information, instead of just frames.

Their hybrid pixel detectors are based on Cern‘s Timepix/Medipix technology and have been implemented by many leading research institutes worldwide. It is their absolute goal to deliver and continue developing high performance and high-quality detection and imaging products to accelerate research.

Making the Invisible Visible is not only about technology. As a small company, they are close to their clients and offer support and expertise to ensure the optimal use of their products.

The TPX3Cam is a fast optical camera for time stamping of optical photons. It is based on a new silicon pixel sensor, which in combination with the Timepix3 ASIC and readout, is suitable for a wide range of applications which require time-resolved imaging of electrons, ions or single photons. The TPX3Cam can be easily integrated both in table-top lab setups, as in synchrotron or free-electron-laser environments.

LynX (X-ray)
The LynX detector series are hybrid pixel area detectors based on the Timepix/Medipix3/Timepix3 technology. They have a pixel pitch of 55 µm, suitable for a wide range of applications. The capability of the LynX detectors to discriminate or measure the energy of X-rays in each of its 512×512 pixels offers excellent performance for X-ray detection, imaging and tomography. The detectors consist of a sensor (Si, GaAs, CdTe), which is divided into an array of pixels. Each pixel is connected with miniature bump-bonds to the readout ASICs below the sensor. Go to our applications and/or publications page to find out more.

Cheetah (EM)
ASI’s Cheetah is a hybrid pixel detector suitable for electron microscope applications. The sensitivity and speed of Cheetah offers unprecedented possibilities for electron diffraction, imaging and tomography. Scintillated detectors do not have the signal to noise ratio’s that can be obtained with the Cheetah. Other direct electron cameras lack the dynamic range the Cheetah has and are too beam sensitive to be used for diffraction experiments. The Cheetah’s high speed makes it ideal for looking at dynamic processes and catching fast fading signals.

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