Ultima

Ultra Fast TCSPC Lifetime Fluorometer

TCSPC lifetime system for the measurements of short lifetimes down to 5 ps

The Ultima Series of TCSPC systems are optimized for the measurement of short lifetimes, even less than down to 5 ps. They feature the FluoroHub A+ electronics which offer the best electrical timing resolution available (<400fs/point) and ultra-low timing jitter of <3ps RMS.

Segment: Scientific
Division: Fluorescence
Manufacturing Company: HORIBA Scientific

Ultima - Our optimized fluorimeter for short lifetimes

Picoseconds to seconds: a compact fluorescence system optimized for short lifetime measurements

Ultima combines the latest in high temporal resolution TCSPC electronics, interchangeable high speed light sources and detector technologies, and our FluoroCube, the most flexible optical platform to offer the highest performance photon counting lifetime system available.

Choose from the most comprehensive range of pulsed light source and detector options, including:

  • DeltaDiode Picosecond laser diodes from 370 nm to NIR
  • Picosecond and Nanosecond LEDs from 260 nm to NIR
  • Ti-sapphire laser and multi-photon options
  • Highly integrated picosecond PMT modules
  • Microchannel plate PMTs for the ultimate in time resolution
  • UV to 1700 nm spectral coverage

Benefit from our 40 years of TCSPC experience by consulting with us to tailor the perfect lifetime system for your research.

Ultima-01(11)-DD

Lifetime system with emission monochromator (01) or excitation and emission monochromators (11) and diode laser excitation

  • Large sample compartment (compatible with cryostats)
  • Cell holder with facility for recirculating liquid temperature control
  • Motorized excitation optics with UV-grade fused silica lenses, filter holder and mount for polarizer*: a wide choice of interchangeable laser diode and LED-based excitation sources are available as accessories
  • Motorized emission optics with UV-grade fused silica lenses, filter holder and mount for polarizer*
  • Emission monochromator (01,11 models): TDM-800 Seya-Namioka type, featuring motorized wavelength drive (200 nm to 800 nm), integral safety shutters interlocked to lid of sample compartment, and synchronized adjustable slits (1 nm to 32 nm)
  • Excitation monochromator (11 model only): Seya-Namioka type, featuring motorized wavelength drive (200 nm to 800 nm), integral safety shutters interlocked to lid of sample compartment, and synchronized adjustable slits (1 nm to 32 nm)
  • DeltaDiode pulsed diode controller module (software controlled)**
  • PPD-650 (230-700nm) proprietary picosecond photon-detection module (interlocked with lid of sample compartment). PPD-850 and -900 available to extend spectral range to 850 and 920 nm accordingly
  • FluoroHub A+ timing electronics - measures picoseconds to seconds (depending on excitation source)
  • DataStation measurement software and DAS6 decay analysis software
  • All cables and interconnections
  • System supplied on a 37 x 70 cm baseplate

*Filters and polarizers are optional**DeltaDiodeTM sources must be ordered separately

Ultima Ultrafast 01-Ti

Our shortest lifetime (5 ps) system with emission monochromator, external mode locked laser (e.g.  Ti:sapphire)**, and MCP PMT detector.

  • Large sample compartment (compatible with cryostats)
  • Cell holder with facility for recirculating liquid temperature control
  • Motorized excitation optics with UV-grade fused silica lenses, filter and mount for polarizer*: a wide choice of interchangeable laser diode and LED-based excitation sources are available as accessories
  • Motorized emission optics with UV-grade fused silica lenses, filter and mount for polarizer*
  • Emission monochromator: TDM-800 Seya-Namioka type, featuring motorized wavelength drive (200 nm to 800 nm), integral safety shutters interlocked to lid of sample compartment, and synchronized adjustable slits (1 nm to 32 nm)
  • Laser input optics for use with external mode-locked laser**
  • R3809-50 MCP-PMT detector in cooled housing (interlocked with lid of sample compartment) with close-coupled CFD-2G-A picosecond timing amplifier/discriminator and Fluoro3PS ultra-stable HV detector power supply.
  • FluoroHub A+ timing electronics - measures picoseconds to seconds (depending on excitation source)
  • DataStation measurement software and DAS6 decay analysis software
  • All cables and interconnections
  • System supplied on a 37 x 70 cm baseplate

*Filters and polarizers are optional**Laser not included

Ultima Ultrafast 01-DD

Our short lifetime system with emission monochromator, interchangeable DeltaDiode laser excitation, and MCP PMT detector.

  • Large sample compartment (compatible with cryostats)
  • Cell holder with facility for recirculating liquid temperature control
  • Motorized excitation optics with UV-grade fused silica lenses, filter holder and mount for manual polarizer*: a wide choice of interchangeable laser diode and LED-based excitation sources are available as accessories
  • Motorized emission optics with UV-grade fused silica lenses, filter and manual mount for polarizer*
  • Emission monochromator: TDM-800 Seya-Namioka type, featuring motorized wavelength drive (200 nm to 800 nm), integral safety shutters interlocked to lid of sample compartment, and synchronized adjustable slits (1 nm to 32 nm)
  • DeltaDiode pulsed diode controller module (software controlled)**
  • R3809-50 MCP-PMT detector in cooled housing (interlocked with lid of sample compartment) with close-coupled CFD-2G-A picosecond timing amplifier/discriminator and Fluoro3PS ultra-stable HV detector power supply.
  • FluoroHub A+ timing electronics - measures picoseconds to seconds (depending on excitation source)
  • DataStation measurement software and DAS6 decay analysis software
  • All cables and interconnections
  • System supplied on a 37 x 70 cm baseplate

*Filters and motorized polarizers are optional**DeltaDiode sources must be ordered separately

Ultima system Specifications   

  • Minimum lifetime: 5ps (with femtosecond laser and MCP)
  • Measurement range: 5ns-22s
  • Electrical time resolution (time/pt): <400fs
  • Timing jitter: <10ps FWHM (<3ps RMS)
  • Maximum rep. rate: 20MHz (recommended)
  • Maximum histrogram size: 16k
  • Phosphorescence resolution: 42ns/pt
  • Interface: USB 2.0
Measuring PL Upconversion Spectra and Lifetimes of Lanthanide-Doped Nanoparticles
Measuring PL Upconversion Spectra and Lifetimes of Lanthanide-Doped Nanoparticles
Upconverting lanthanide-based nanomaterials exhibit a unique fluorescence anti-Stokes shift, which enables them to convert NIR wavelength excitation into visible shorter wavelength emissions (NIR to UV-Vis).
Characterizing Lanthanides in Glasses for Optical Applications
Characterizing Lanthanides in Glasses for Optical Applications
Glasses are essential materials with a multitude of uses and many forms. In the area of optoelectronics there is an interest to modify the glass composition to favor the incorporation of lanthanide elements.
Upconversion of Lanthanide-containing glasses using DD‐980L excitation
Upconversion of Lanthanide-containing glasses using DD‐980L excitation
The phenomenon of upconversion is an optical process that takes in lower energy (longer wavelength) photons and emits higher energy (shorter wavelength) photons.
Measurement of carrier lifetime in perovskite for solar cell applications
Measurement of carrier lifetime in perovskite for solar cell applications
Hybrid perovskite photovoltaics (PV) show promise because of their good efficiencies, which can be around 20%. Along with their PV characteristics, perovskite materials exhibit a high degree of radiative recombination.
Time‐resolved Fluorescence for Monitoring Food Composition
Time‐resolved Fluorescence for Monitoring Food Composition
The use of time‐resolved fluorescence has expanded as the relative cost of instrumentation has decreased in recent years. One area where this is especially true is in the food industry, where time‐resolved fluorescence has been applied in the characterization of food stuffs as well as aspects related to food safety and degradation.
Time‐resolved luminescence of security inks from the UV to NIR
Time‐resolved luminescence of security inks from the UV to NIR
The use of security features, such as luminescent inks, has increased significantly in an attempt to prevent fraud and counterfeiting of materials and goods.
Monitoring Whole Leaf Fluorescence Using Time‐resolved Techniques
Monitoring Whole Leaf Fluorescence Using Time‐resolved Techniques
Light incident on a leaf can be absorbed by chlorophyll to commence the photosynthetic cycle. Excess energy can be liberated as heat or by emission of fluorescence and this can be used to assess the efficiency of the photosynthetic process.
Stopped flow time‐resolved fluorescence study of serum albumin – curcuminoid binding
Stopped flow time‐resolved fluorescence study of serum albumin – curcuminoid binding
Rapid mixing accessories to perform stopped flow measurements have found application in characterizing interactions and reactions occurring in solution. Reactants are expelled from syringes, mixed and injected into a flowcell.
Dye‐protein binding monitored in a microliter volume using timeresolved fluorescence
Dye‐protein binding monitored in a microliter volume using timeresolved fluorescence
The potential health benefits stemming from the antioxidant activity of curcumin, commonly found in turmeric (Curcuma longa L), has attracted the interest of several research groups.
Visualizing dental caries using fluorescence lifetime microscopy
Visualizing dental caries using fluorescence lifetime microscopy
Teeth are naturally fluorescent and changes in their composition, caused by decay for example, affect their fluorescence behavior.
The Measurement of Singlet Oxygen Lifetime Sensitized using Rose Bengal
The Measurement of Singlet Oxygen Lifetime Sensitized using Rose Bengal
The study of singlet oxygen (1O2) is of interest, principally, as it is a highly reactive species. It can be produced by photosensitisation, usually of a molecule such as a dye or porphyrin. Thus, by the appropriate selection of sensitiser, the presence of oxygen and light, 1O2 can be selectively generated. From a biological aspect it has the ability to damage and destroy cells, which has lead to interest in its use as an anticancer agent in photodynamic therapy (PDT).
Visualizing local viscosity using fluorescence lifetime microscopy
Visualizing local viscosity using fluorescence lifetime microscopy
The use of fluorescent molecules, known as molecular rotors, is advantageous in estimating the local (nanoscale) viscosity in microheterogeneous systems, since it just requires the measurement of their fluorescence lifetime.
Effect of temperature on HSA structure inferred using timeresolved room-temperature phosphorescence
Effect of temperature on HSA structure inferred using timeresolved room-temperature phosphorescence
To access intrinsic amino acids, such as tryptophan, as probes, the UV excitation wavelengths for pulsed phosphorescence measurements have long been the preserve of low-repetition-rate gas-filled lamps or larger laser systems. Recent developments have enabled the use of interchangeable semiconductor diodes...
Plasmon enhancement of protein fluorescence by silver nanostructures
Plasmon enhancement of protein fluorescence by silver nanostructures
The use of metal surfaces in conjunction with fluorescence molecules employing a plasmon effect, sometimes referred to as metal enhanced fluorescence, can be advantageous because of the possible enhancement of photophysical properties. For example, the emission intensity of the fluorophore, can be improved.
Investigating photocleavage using time‐resolved emission spectra
Investigating photocleavage using time‐resolved emission spectra
The choice of protecting group is of crucial importance in the success of many steps in organic synthesis and the manipulation of polyfunctional molecules, since they can prevent the formation of undesired side products and reactions.

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