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A reconfigurable image tube using an external electronic image readout
Author(s): J. S. Lapington; J. R. Howorth; J. S. Milnes
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Paper Abstract

We have designed and built a sealed tube microchannel plate (MCP) intensifier for optical/NUV photon counting applications suitable for 18, 25 and 40 mm diameter formats. The intensifier uses an electronic image readout to provide direct conversion of event position into electronic signals, without the drawbacks associated with phosphor screens and subsequent optical detection. The Image Charge technique is used to remove the readout from the intensifier vacuum enclosure, obviating the requirement for additional electrical vacuum feedthroughs and for the readout pattern to be UHV compatible. The charge signal from an MCP intensifier is capacitively coupled via a thin dielectric vacuum window to the electronic image readout, which is external to the sealed intensifier tube. The readout pattern is a separate item held in proximity to the dielectric window and can be easily detached, making the system easily reconfigurable. Since the readout pattern detects induced charge and is external to the tube, it can be constructed as a multilayer, eliminating the requirement for narrow insulator gaps and allowing it to be constructed using standard PCB manufacturing tolerances. We describe two readout patterns, the tetra wedge anode (TWA), an optimized 4 electrode device similar to the wedge and strip anode (WSA) but with a factor 2 improvement in resolution, and an 8 channel high speed 50 ohm device, both manufactured as multilayer PCBs. We present results of the detector imaging performance, image resolution, linearity and stability, and discuss the development of an integrated readout and electronics device based on these designs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5881, Infrared and Photoelectronic Imagers and Detector Devices, 588109 (7 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.616732
Show Author Affiliations
J. S. Lapington, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
J. R. Howorth, Photek Ltd. (United Kingdom)
J. S. Milnes, Photek Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5881:
Infrared and Photoelectronic Imagers and Detector Devices
Randolph E. Longshore, Editor(s)

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