Charge-Coupled Devices

Authored by: John A. Nousek , M.W. Bautz , B.E. Burke , J.A. Gregory , R.E. Griffiths , R.L. Kraft , H.L. Kwok , D.H. Lumb

Measurement, Instrumentation, and Sensors Handbook

Print publication date:  February  2014
Online publication date:  February  2014

Print ISBN: 9781439848913
eBook ISBN: 9781439848937
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Charge-coupled devices (CCDs) have become the detector of choice for sensitive, highly precise measurement of light over the electromagnetic spectrum from the near-infrared (IR) (<1.1 μm) to the x-ray band (up to 10 keV). Key advantages of CCDs over their predecessors (photographic emulsions and vacuum tube, electron beam readout devices such as vidicons and Silicon-intensifier target (SIT) tubes) are high quantum efficiency (QE), high linearity, large dynamic range, relatively uniform cosmetic response, low noise, and intrinsically digital image capture.

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