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Improvements to EMCCD technology through advanced semiconductor simulations.

Sep 11, 2014, 2:00 PM
1h 40m
University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Guildford, UK
Poster Presentation Novel Photon Detection systems Session 13: Posters 2 (Astrophysics, Synchroton and other Applications)


Mr Nathan Bush (The e2v Centre for Electronic Imaging)


Electron Multiplying CCDs (EMCCDs) are a relatively recent class of devices that have found a variety of applications ranging from astronomy to microbiology. The key distinction from a conventional CCD lies in the addition of a multiplication register, which uses high electric fields to increase signal size through the process of impact ionisation. The result is a highly sensitive device, capable of single photon detection at high readout speeds. As such, EMCCDs have many applications where high sensitivity and high frame rate are a priority, including low light spectroscopy and LIDAR. Utilisation in future applications and adoption within a space environment hinges on further mitigation of undesirable device characteristics, including Clock Induced Charge (CIC) and the observed decrease in gain as a function of device age (the “ageing” process). Here we present a study aimed at further alleviating these issues through state-of-the-art simulations and laboratory measurements from sample devices.

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Mr Nathan Bush (The e2v Centre for Electronic Imaging)


Mr Andrew Clarke (The e2v Centre for Electronic Imaging) Prof. Andrew Holland (The e2v Centre for Electronic Imaging) Dr David Hall (The e2v Centre for Electronic Imaging) Dr Konstantin Stefanov (The e2v Centre for Electronic Imaging)

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