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Development of low read noise high conversion gain CMOS image sensor for photon counting level imaging
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Paper Abstract

A CMOS image sensor with deep sub-electron read noise and high pixel conversion gain has been developed. Its performance is recognized through image outputs from an area image sensor, confirming the capability of photoelectroncounting- level imaging. To achieve high conversion gain, the proposed pixel has special structures to reduce the parasitic capacitances around FD node. As a result, the pixel conversion gain is increased due to the optimized FD node capacitance, and the noise performance is also improved by removing two noise sources from power supply. For the first time, high contrast images from the reset-gate-less CMOS image sensor, with less than 0.3e rms noise level, have been generated at an extremely low light level of a few electrons per pixel. In addition, the photon-counting capability of the developed CMOS imager is demonstrated by a measurement, photoelectron-counting histogram (PCH).

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9858, Advanced Photon Counting Techniques X, 985809 (5 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2229025
Show Author Affiliations
Min-Woong Seo, Shizuoka Univ. (Japan)
Shoji Kawahito, Shizuoka Univ. (Japan)
Keiichiro Kagawa, Shizuoka Univ. (Japan)
Keita Yasutomi, Shizuoka Univ. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9858:
Advanced Photon Counting Techniques X
Mark A. Itzler; Joe C. Campbell, Editor(s)

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