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A full-year university course sequence in detector array theory, camera building, and system testing
Author(s): Zoran Ninkov

Paper Abstract

In many imaging systems the ultimate performance is determined by the focal plane array that converts photons into an electrical signal that can then be recorded. Such focal plane arrays are available that operate at wavelengths ranging from the X-ray to the radio region of the electromagnetic spectrum. An explanation of the underlying physics of focal plane arrays, the practicalities of operating such devices, and the calibration of these arrays is, in general, not presented as part of a conventional undergraduate curriculum by any discipline. The Center for Imaging Science in the College of Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology has developed a sequence of classes to cover this subject matter for upper division undergraduates and graduate students. The material is covered over a full academic year that consists of three quarters at RIT. These classes has had very positive feedback from graduates who find that they acquire a very useful skill set that they use in their post-graduation positions at various companies and government laboratories.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9665, Tenth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, 96651M (3 June 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.2207334
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Zoran Ninkov, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9665:
Tenth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
Marc Nantel, Editor(s)

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