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Optical Engineering

Large Area Focal Plane Comprising Charge-Coupled Devices And Fiber Optics
Author(s): David C. Harrison; Barry E. Burke
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Paper Abstract

Driven by a requirement for an 80 mm square sensor, we have combined CCD and tapered fiber optic technologies to create a large area focal plane. Seven custom low noise CCD imagers are assembled onto four tapered fiber optic bundles to match the physical characteristics of a tube camera used in an operational system. Two taper ratios are used in the focal plane to meet requirements for broad search and high accuracy measurements in a single device. The entire focal plane is cooled to -40°C to reduce dark current to insignificance at an integration time of 0.6 s. The focal plane has been integrated into a camera head that has an all-digital interface. The camera preserves the low noise characteristics of the focal plane in a multichannel assembly.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1987
PDF: 5 pages
Opt. Eng. 26(9) doi: 10.1117/12.7974168
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 26, Issue 9
Show Author Affiliations
David C. Harrison, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Barry E. Burke, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)


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