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15 July 2008 A CMOS camera for pyramid wavefront sensors
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A CMOS camera for a pyramid wavefront sensor (PWS) based adaptive optics system (AOS) is proposed in this paper. The designed camera has four 32 x 32 active reset pixel arrays with a common addressing to produce synchronous analogue outputs. The custom CMOS sensor has a layout area of 12.6 sq. mm, has a pixel fill factor of 56% and was fabricated using Austria Micro Systems 0.35 &mgr;m C35B4 CMOS process. The sensor consumes about 56 mW of power during the readout. The camera chip is enclosed in a box of dimensions 6 cm x 5.5 cm x 5 cm, which makes it suitable for use in an optical system. A high speed camera reading system has been developed that can read up to 1000 frames/second. The camera exhibits a quantum efficiency of 0.24 and the estimated minimum detectable flux is 8.69 nW/mm2 on the surface of the sensor. The complete camera system detects the four pupil images produced by the PWS and can be used in the AOS.
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Kuldip N. Modha, Ian M. Stockford, Ibolya Kepiro, Carl Paterson, Roger A. Light, Matt Clark, Mark Pitter, and Barrie Hayes-Gill "A CMOS camera for pyramid wavefront sensors", Proc. SPIE 7015, Adaptive Optics Systems, 70155R (15 July 2008);

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