Instrumentation for Fluorescence Lifetime Measurement Using Photon Counting

  • David J. S. BirchEmail author
  • Graham Hungerford
  • David McLoskey
  • Kulwinder Sagoo
  • Philip Yip
Part of the Springer Series on Fluorescence book series (SS FLUOR, volume 18)


We describe the evolution of HORIBA Jobin Yvon IBH Ltd, and its time-correlated single-photon counting (TCSPC) products, from university research beginnings through to its present place as a market leader in fluorescence lifetime spectroscopy. The company philosophy is to ensure leading-edge research capabilities continue to be incorporated into instruments in order to meet the needs of the diverse range of customer applications, which span a multitude of scientific and engineering disciplines. We illustrate some of the range of activities of a scientific instrument company in meeting this goal and highlight by way of an exemplar the performance of the versatile DeltaFlex instrument in measuring fluorescence lifetimes. This includes resolving fluorescence lifetimes down to 5 ps, as frequently observed in energy transfer, nanoparticle metrology with sub-nanometre resolution and measuring a fluorescence lifetime in as little as 60 μs for the study of transient species and kinetics.


DeltaFlex Fluorescence lifetime HORIBA Jobin Yvon IBH Photon counting TCSPC 



PY wishes to thank the QuantIC Technology Hub for a research fellowship.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David J. S. Birch
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Graham Hungerford
    • 2
  • David McLoskey
    • 2
  • Kulwinder Sagoo
    • 2
  • Philip Yip
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Photophysics Research Group, Department of PhysicsScottish Universities Physics Alliance, University of StrathclydeGlasgowUK
  2. 2.HORIBA Jobin Yvon IBH LtdGlasgowUK

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