Vector Array (Deep Brain)

The Vector Array is optimized for deep brain applications, utilizing NeuroNexus microelectrode technology to record and stimulate in high resolution in hard-to-reach structures.

  • Reach deep brain structures – The Vector Array comes in 10 mm and 15 mm lengths to reach deep structures in large animal models.
  • High Resolution – Record and/or stimulate with 16, 32, or 64 channels. The Vector Array features the same precise electrode geometry and contact density as other NeuroNexus microelectrode arrays..
  • Optogenetics-Compatible – An optical fiber can be mounted on the Vector Array for optogenetics applications. (See Specifications below for fiber options. Opto-Vector packages use “OV” designation.)
  • Options, options – Specify a laminar array design, or utilize multiple representation techniques with a Poly2 contact layout. Alternatively, design your own custom Vector Array.
  • Robust Hybrid assembly – The Vector Array combines a high-resolution silicon MEA with a rigid stainless steel support body. This arrangement provides strength where needed, while minimizing tissue damage at the recording sites.
  • Inexpensive – With a low cost per use, the Vector Array increases your data yield while saving you money.

Specifications

Channel Count 16, 32, 64
Connector Type Omnetics NPD18 (V16, OV16), Omnetics NPD36 (V32, OV32, V64, OV64)
Total Length* 70 mm or 110 mm
Silicon Electrode Width 20 µm min (Edge design), 75 µm min (Poly2 design), 175 µm max
Silicon Electrode Thickness 50 µm
Site Area 177 µm2
Site Coverage 375 µm – 6300 µm, depending on design
Site Material Iridium
Site Target Single Unit or LFP/Stimulation
Support Body Diameter (non-recording area) 315 µm OD (16-ch), 400 µm OD (32 & 64-ch)

*Total length does not factor in chamber offset from the brain surface. Please consider this measurement when ordering.

Opto-Vector Array Fiber Options:

  • 50 µm dia. core / 62.5 µm dia. cladding / 0.22 NA
  • 50 µm dia. core / 85 µm O.D. / 0.22 NA / Coupling Loss: -3.2 dB per junction (measured with NeuroNexus standard 105 µm patch cable)
  • 105 µm dia. core / 125 µm dia. cladding / 0.22 NA
  • 105 µm dia. core / 125 µm dia. cladding / 0.66 NA

Ordering Information

Vector Array™ Alignment Device Used to mount a guidetube and/or protective sleeve onto the Vector Array™
Guidetube Stainless steel, 23 gauge, 35 mm length
OM32-M-F-Jumper_MRI MRI compatible 32-ch Omnetics male-to-female jumper (approx. 2.5″ / 63.5 mm)
OM32/16_x2-Jumper_MRI MRI compatible 32-ch Omnetics male to 2x 16-ch Omnetics female jumper (approx. 2.25″ / 57 mm)
Adpt-OM32-A32 Connects 32-ch Vector Array™ to 32-ch SAMTEC headstage
Adpt-OM32-OM16x2 Connects 32-ch Vector Array™ to two 16-ch Omnetics headstages
Adpt-OM32-Z32 Connects 32-ch Vector Array™ to 32-ch Zif Clip™ headstage
First-time Vector Array purchases come with a free non-functioning mechanical sample.