CCD Detectors

Authored by: Nelms Nick

Handbook for Highly Charged Ion Spectroscopic Research

Print publication date:  September  2011
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781420079043
eBook ISBN: 9781420079050
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A charge-coupled device, or CCD as it is more commonly known, is a oneor two-dimensional semiconductor (almost always silicon) detector. A CCD comprises a number of sensing elements or pixels, arranged in a regular array. The number of pixels is in the hundreds or thousands for linear (1D) devices and tens of thousands to millions for area (2D) devices. Pixel sizes vary from a few microns to a few tens of microns resulting in 2D devices with areas up to several square centimeters (Figure 5.1).

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