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Dramatic increases in speed and sensitivity of nonvideo intensified CCD cameras
Author(s): Philip T. Smith; Raymond W. Simpson; John Stephen West
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Paper Abstract

Commercial realization of a new generation of intensified CCD (ICCD) cameras merges the speed traditionally associated with video systems with the sensitivity, dynamic range, and flexibility of scientific cameras. These advances in camera design were driven by the needs of specific applications for which no solution with sufficient speed and sensitivity had yet been offered. Recent developments in non-video scientific CCD devices have produced arrays that can operate both faster and with lower read noise than before. The frame transfer CCD utilized in this ICCD camera allows simultaneous exposure and readout, increasing the amount of time the CCD is collecting light to nearly 100%, and providing a 5 MHz readout rate at a fraction of the noise of video CCDs. The CCD also has none of the resolution, format, dynamic range, and timing limitations inherent in a video CCD. Camera subimaging and binning translates to frame rates many times faster than video. Both Gen II and "Gen IV" image intensifiers can be fiber optically coupled to the CCD for maximum throughput. Other camera design advances that will be discussed include a standard video output, dual analog channels, and a sealed package requiring no water or purge gas. Keywords: CCD, image intensifier, camera, digital imaging, high resolution cameras

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 December 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3173, Ultrahigh- and High-Speed Photography and Image-based Motion Measurement, (12 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.294533
Show Author Affiliations
Philip T. Smith, Princeton Instruments, Inc. (United States)
Raymond W. Simpson, Princeton Instruments, Inc. (United States)
John Stephen West, Princeton Instruments, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3173:
Ultrahigh- and High-Speed Photography and Image-based Motion Measurement
C. Bruce Johnson; Andrew Davidhazy; James S. Walton; Takeharu Goji Etoh; C. Bruce Johnson; Donald R. Snyder; James S. Walton, Editor(s)

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