1 January 1981 The British General Electric Company Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) Development Program
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The General Electric Company in the UK (unrelated to US-GE) already have in production their MA357 device which has 576 x 385 pixels each 22 microns square giving a sensitive area 12.7 x 8.5 mm. These are thick devices so have no blue or ultraviolet response. They are commercially available in two versions; a normal thick device and one built out of epitaxial silicon that has the cosmic ray event rate of a thinned device. The performance of this device for astronomy is described elsewhere in these proceedings in some detail by the same author. It can be summarised as: 20 electrons rms system read-out noise, no charge transfer problems at any charge level and excellent linearity.
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Craig D. Mackay, "The British General Electric Company Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) Development Program", Proc. SPIE 0290, Solid-State Imagers for Astronomy, (1 January 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.965854; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.965854

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