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Cooled slow-scan CCD camera system with 20-bit dynamic range and multiple subarray readout
Author(s): Craig D. Mackay
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Paper Abstract

Cooled, slow-scan CCD cameras are the systems of choice when there is a requirement for systems to work at the lowest light levels or with the most extreme dynamic range. Developments in the design of these systems have led to new architectures that allow very wide dynamic range imaging (up to 20-bits) or optionally full 16-bits at up to 400 Khz pixel rates or multiple CCD output channels at even faster rates. Additionally they allow very complicated read-out patterns to be programmed for fast multiple sub-array read-out rates for applications in many different areas. The controllers allow extensive on-board image processing and analysis to improve system throughput in time-critical applications. For efficient use such systems need to be closely integrated with software systems that allow the user to get the very best from the data produced by the cameras.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 May 1993
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 1901, Cameras, Scanners, and Image Acquisition Systems, (20 May 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.144788
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Craig D. Mackay, Astromed Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1901:
Cameras, Scanners, and Image Acquisition Systems
Helen Marz; Robert L. Nielsen, Editor(s)

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