The performance of liquid nitrogen (LN2) cooled digital scientific instrumentation camera incorporating a large format (512 x 512, 2 0.3 mm diagonal) Charge Injection Device (CID) imager which was fabricated by CIDTEC for use in low-light imaging applications is described in this thesis. The LN2 cooled camera outputs 14 -bit digital pixel data which can be read out randomly and non-destructively from individual pixels, multiple sub-arrays, or from the entire imager. CID's have the unique capability to skim accumulated pixel charge and/or non-destructively read pixel information, enabling the system user to monitor events and dynamically adapt application exposure in real-time for the entire array or individual pixels. Non- destructive read-out also is used to extend linear dynamic range. The Intel8 80286 based camera system operates from PC/AT compatible platforms through a digital I/O board. Topics in this thesis include the CID camera system overview, mechanical and electronic components, dewar cooling, system calibration, programming of the driver software and final performance evaluation of the system.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Infrared imaging--Digital techniques; Imaging systems--Digital techniques; Digital cameras--Research
Tang, Chen, "Evaluation of a cooled CID camera system (SICam - The CID-based scientific camera) for low light imaging applications" (1994). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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