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Experiments with synchronized sCMOS cameras

Steele, IA, Jermak, HE, Copperwheat, CM, Smith, RJ, Poshyachinda, S and Soonthorntham, B (2016) Experiments with synchronized sCMOS cameras. In: HIGH ENERGY, OPTICAL, AND INFRARED DETECTORS FOR ASTRONOMY VII , 9915. (Conference on High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy VII, 26 June 2016 - 29 June 2016, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND).

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Scientific-CMOS (sCMOS) cameras can combine low noise with high readout speeds and do not suffer the charge multiplication noise that effectively reduces the quantum efficiency of electron multiplying CCDs by a factor 2. As such they have strong potential in fast photometry and polarimetry instrumentation. In this paper we describe the results of laboratory experiments using a pair of commercial off the shelf sCMOS cameras based around a 4 transistor per pixel architecture. In particular using a both stable and a pulsed light sources we evaluate the timing precision that may be obtained when the cameras readouts are synchronized either in software or electronically. We find that software synchronization can introduce an error of ~ 200-msec. With electronic synchronization any error is below the limit (~ 50-msec) of our simple measurement technique. © (2016) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Science & Technology; Physical Sciences; Astronomy & Astrophysics; Optics; CMOS; sCMOS; fast photometry; polarimetry; time domain astrophysics; detectors
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
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Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 14:30
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2022 15:15
DOI or ID number: 10.1117/12.2232349
Editors: Holland, AD and Beletic, J
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5308
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