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Mapping electrical crosstalk in pixelated sensor arrays
Author(s): S. Seshadri; D. M Cole; B. R. Hancock; R. M. Smith
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Paper Abstract

Electronic coupling effects such as Inter-Pixel Capacitance (IPC) affect the quantitative interpretation of image data from CMOS, hybrid visible and infrared imagers alike. Existing methods of characterizing IPC do not provide a map of the spatial variation of IPC over all pixels. We demonstrate a deterministic method that provides a direct quantitative map of the crosstalk across an imager. The approach requires only the ability to reset single pixels to an arbitrary voltage, different from the rest of the imager. No illumination source is required. Mapping IPC independently for each pixel is also made practical by the greater S/N ratio achievable for an electrical stimulus than for an optical stimulus, which is subject to both Poisson statistics and diffusion effects of photo-generated charge. The data we present illustrates a more complex picture of IPC in Teledyne HgCdTe and HyViSi focal plane arrays than is presently understood, including the presence of a newly discovered, long range IPC in the HyViSi FPA that extends tens of pixels in distance, likely stemming from extended field effects in the fully depleted substrate. The sensitivity of the measurement approach has been shown to be good enough to distinguish spatial structure in IPC of the order of 0.1%.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7021, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy III, 702104 (22 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790150
Show Author Affiliations
S. Seshadri, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
D. M Cole, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
B. R. Hancock, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
R. M. Smith, California Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7021:
High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy III
David A. Dorn; Andrew D. Holland, Editor(s)

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