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Ultra High Resolution Electronic Imaging And Storage With The Return Beam Vidicon
Author(s): Michael J. Cantella
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Paper Abstract

The Return Beam Vidicon (RBV) is a high per-formance electronic sensor and electrical storage component. It can be operated with steady state or discrete exposures. At 100 1p/mm, RBV performance matches or exceeds the performance of high resolution film, particularly under low contrast conditions. Information can be read out with a single scan or in a multiframe manner for signal processing and for display on a CRT monitor. Electronic zoom can be employed effectively for data compression and for image magnification. The high performance and flexibility of the RBV permit wide application in systems for image sensing, storage, processing and transmission. This paper summarizes the principal characteristics of the RBV and describes recent improvements in performance achieved with a new electron gun of approximately 20 times the beam current capability previously available. These improvements include substantial increases in sensitivity and frame rate. Projections of performance are made for silicon target versions of the RBV currently under development for both sensing and electrical storage functions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 April 1973
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0032, Developments in Electronic Imaging Techniques II, (16 April 1973); doi: 10.1117/12.953596
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Michael J. Cantella, RCA Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0032:
Developments in Electronic Imaging Techniques II
Ralph Zirkind; Sol Nudelman; Alvin Schnitzler, Editor(s)

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