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Can Solid-State Imaging Devices Replace Television Camera Tubes?
Author(s): James A. Hall
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Paper Abstract

Solid-state imagers will displace electron-beam scanned imagers in applications which conventional TV does not satisfy. These are imaging from a moving platform like a weather satellite, imaging requiring very large intrascene dynamic range, imaging of very low contrast scenes and imaging in the infrared. In very low light level imaging, "photon counting" techniques with an ICCD can eliminate problems of dark current and preamplifier noise to provide high signal-to-noise ratio for improved radio-metric accuracy. At present, solid-state imagers lead for large effective dynamic range, maximum signal-to-noise ratio, free-dom from lag, geometric fidelity and metricity, and stability of characteristics, as well as for compactness, long life, and low operating voltages. Tubes lead for the greatest number of resolvable elements per frame, for producing images with better element-to-element uniformity, and for maximum output data rate on a single terminal.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1977
PDF: 9 pages
Opt. Eng. 16(3) 163224 doi: 10.1117/12.7972136
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 16, Issue 3
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James A. Hall, Westinghouse Electric Corporation (United States)

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