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Optical Engineering

Application of the High Resolution Return Beam Vidicon
Author(s): Michael J. Cantella
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Paper Abstract

The Return Beam Vidicon (RBV) is a high performance electronic image sensor and electrical storage component. It can accept continuous or discrete exposures. Information can be read out with a single scan or with many repetitive scans for either signal processing or display. Resolution capability is 10,000 TVL/Height, and at 100 1 p/mm, performance matches or exceeds that of film, particularly with low contrast imagery. Electronic zoom can be employed effectively for image magnification and data compression. The high performance and flexibility of the RBV permit wide application in systems for reconnaissance, scan conversion, information storage and retrieval, and automatic inspection and test. This paper summarizes the characteristics and performance parameters of the RBV and cites examples of feasible applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1977
PDF: 5 pages
Opt. Eng. 16(3) doi: 10.1117/12.7972141
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 16, Issue 3
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Michael J. Cantella, RCA Corporation (United States)


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