20 February 2017 The CAOS camera platform: ushering in a paradigm change in extreme dynamic range imager design
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Multi-pixel imaging devices such as CCD, CMOS and Focal Plane Array (FPA) photo-sensors dominate the imaging world. These Photo-Detector Array (PDA) devices certainly have their merits including increasingly high pixel counts and shrinking pixel sizes, nevertheless, they are also being hampered by limitations in instantaneous dynamic range, inter-pixel crosstalk, quantum full well capacity, signal-to-noise ratio, sensitivity, spectral flexibility, and in some cases, imager response time. Recently invented is the Coded Access Optical Sensor (CAOS) Camera platform that works in unison with current Photo-Detector Array (PDA) technology to counter fundamental limitations of PDA-based imagers while providing high enough imaging spatial resolution and pixel counts. Using for example the Texas Instruments (TI) Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) to engineer the CAOS camera platform, ushered in is a paradigm change in advanced imager design, particularly for extreme dynamic range applications.
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Nabeel A. Riza, "The CAOS camera platform: ushering in a paradigm change in extreme dynamic range imager design", Proc. SPIE 10117, Emerging Digital Micromirror Device Based Systems and Applications IX, 101170L (20 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2249177; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2249177
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