An ebCMOS camera system for marine bioluminescence observation: The LuSEApher prototype

Abstract : The ebCMOS camera, called LuSEApher, is a marine bioluminescence recorder device adapted to extreme low light level. This prototype is based on the skeleton of the LUSIPHER camera system originally developed for fluorescence imaging. It has been installed at 2500 m depth off the Mediterranean shore on the site of the ANTARES neutrino telescope. The LuSEApher camera is mounted on the Instrumented Interface Module connected to the ANTARES network for environmental science purposes (European Seas Observatory Network). The LuSEApher is a self-triggered photo detection system with photon counting ability. The presentation of the device is given and its performances such as the single photon reconstruction, noise performances and trigger strategy are presented. The first recorded movies of bioluminescence are analyzed. To our knowledge, those types of events have never been obtained with such a sensitivity and such a frame rate. We believe that this camera concept could open a new window on bioluminescence studies in the deep sea.


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A. Dominjon, M. Ageron, R. Barbier, M. Billault, J. Brunner, et al.. An ebCMOS camera system for marine bioluminescence observation: The LuSEApher prototype. 6th International Conference on New Developements in Photodetection (NDIP 2011), Jul 2011, Lyon, France. 695, pp.172-178, 2012, <10.1016/j.nima.2011.11.048>. <in2p3-00660470>

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