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Adaptive optics wavefront sensors based on photon-counting detector arrays
Author(s): Brian F. Aull; Daniel R. Schuette; Robert K. Reich; Robert L. Johnson
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Paper Abstract

For adaptive optics systems, there is a growing demand for wavefront sensors that operate at higher frame rates and with more pixels while maintaining low readout noise. Lincoln Laboratory has been investigating Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode arrays integrated with CMOS readout circuits as a potential solution. This type of sensor counts photons digitally within the pixel, enabling data to be read out at high rates without the penalty of readout noise. After a brief overview of adaptive optics sensor development at Lincoln Laboratory, we will present the status of silicon Geigermode- APD technology along with future plans to improve performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7736, Adaptive Optics Systems II, 773610 (28 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858006
Show Author Affiliations
Brian F. Aull, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Daniel R. Schuette, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Robert K. Reich, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Robert L. Johnson, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7736:
Adaptive Optics Systems II
Brent L. Ellerbroek; Michael Hart; Norbert Hubin; Peter L. Wizinowich, Editor(s)

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