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Investigation of the on/off ratio of a gated image intensifier
Author(s): Stephen Hamilton; Alfred Mottola
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Paper Abstract

Image intensifiers (Gen II) have been quoted in the past of having On/Off, or rejection ratios of 107. In this paper we investigate the relationship of the On/Off ratio with incident wavelength. The data shows that the On/Off ratio can vary by as much as 102 with values of only 104 at ~200nm for a given image intensifier. This low On/Off ratio can limit the sensitivity of an intensified CCD camera under certain conditions where there is an abundance of UV, such as combustion. This is particularly true in situations where the CCD exposure and readout times, typically milliseconds, takes longer than the required 'On' time of the photocathode, which is typically nanoseconds. Test data also shows the advantage of switching the MCP on and off simultaneously with the photocathode, which brings the rejection ratios up to >108.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 February 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4796, Low-Light-Level and Real-Time Imaging Systems, Components, and Applications, (5 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.450860
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen Hamilton, Andor Technology Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Alfred Mottola, Andor Technology Ltd. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4796:
Low-Light-Level and Real-Time Imaging Systems, Components, and Applications
C. Bruce Johnson; Divyendu Sinha; Phillip A. Laplante, Editor(s)

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