High-Speed Intensified Camera Attachment


The High-speed Intensified Camera Attachment (HiCATT) is designed for use with a high-speed camera. It increases the sensitivity of your camera and enables low-light imaging at frame rates up to 200,000 fps.

The technology in the HiCATT expands the dynamic range of your high-speed camera. At low light levels, even single photons can be detected. While at high light levels, overexposure can be prevented by very short exposures (down to 3 ns). These short exposures yield sharp images of fast moving objects.






300 000 fps

High-Speed Imaging

The HiCATT upgrades your high-speed camera to the next level of performance. Itboosts the intensity of incoming light at speeds up to 300 000 fps.

3 ns

Ultra-Short Exposures

The gated image intensifier enables exposure times down to 3 ns. At such short exposure times, motion blur is eliminated completely to ensure sharp images.

50% QE

High-Sensitivity Intensifiers

You can choose from a wide variety of high-sensitivity image intensifiers to match the spectral needs of your application.


Optimized for your application

The HiCATT can be configured with a wide range of image intensifiers. Our experienced engineers will help you pick the right image intensifier for your application.

Compatible with your camera

With standard C-mount or F-mount input and output, the HiCATT is compatible with every high-speed camera. You can use our interactive calculator to determine which intensifier and relay optics are best suited for your setup.






Butane-propane flame at 4200 fps

Flames (mix Butane - Propane) at 4200 fps and 40 us gate open time (effective exposure time), HiCATT 25 image intensifier, high-speed camera attachment with Phantom V4.0 high-speed camera.

Electronic discharge at 47000 fps

Electronic Discharge at 47000 fps and 3 us gate open time (effective exposure time), HiCATT 25 image intensifier, high-speed camera attachment with Phantom V7.1 high-speed camera.


Gunshot at 15000 fps

Non-Intensified vs. Intensified recording of a gunshot with a Phantom V7.1 high-speed camera. Part 1: recorded at 15000 fps and 61µs gate open time (effective exposure time). Part 2: recorded at 15000 fps and 2µs gate open time.

Gas combustion at 5000 fps

Gas combustion observed at 5,000 fps with HICATT High Speed Image Intensifier, Gen 2, 10µs exposure time. Fore more info go to www.axiomoptics.com. The HICATT High Speed Intensifier used for this video was coupled to a NAC Memrecam camera. It is also compatible with pco.Dimax, Phantom, Photron Fastcam or Optronis cameras.


Combustion Research

Researchers around the world are using the HiCATT in their combustion studies involving OH* laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) and chemiluminescence. To avoid motion blur and to see the detailed structures, a very short exposure time is required. This reduces the light intensity that is detected during each exposure. The HiCATT boosts the light intensity to ensure clear images at high frame rates.

The images on the left show three recordings of a blue gas flame. Image A is a regular recording that shows the general shape of the blue gas flame. But the details are lost due to the long exposure time.

Image B was recorded with a high-speed camera (1000 fps, 1 millisecond exposure time) to reduce motion blur. The image is dim and blurry, but it shows less motion blur than image A.

Image C shows what a flame looks like at 2000 fps with a 15 microsecond exposure time. The HiCATT eliminates motion blur while boosting the intensity of the incoming light to retain image detail.


Other applications

  • Super-slow motion combustion research for the automotive industry
  • Time-resolved imaging in plasma physics research
  • Dynamic phenomena in microscopy
  • Laser-Induced Fluorescence (LIF)
  • Time-resolved imaging of fluids for microfluidic research
  • Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching (FRAP)
  • Many other industrial or scientific low-light-level applications in high-speed imaging




User publications

Researchers around the world use the HiCATT in their studies. Below is an overview of the most recent publications describing research that was done using a HiCATT. For a complete overview of academic publications please refer to our overview of selected HiCATT publications.


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