28 July 2010 Adaptive optics wavefront sensors based on photon-counting detector arrays
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For adaptive optics systems, there is a growing demand for wavefront sensors that operate at higher frame rates and with more pixels while maintaining low readout noise. Lincoln Laboratory has been investigating Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode arrays integrated with CMOS readout circuits as a potential solution. This type of sensor counts photons digitally within the pixel, enabling data to be read out at high rates without the penalty of readout noise. After a brief overview of adaptive optics sensor development at Lincoln Laboratory, we will present the status of silicon Geigermode- APD technology along with future plans to improve performance.
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Brian F. Aull, Daniel R. Schuette, Robert K. Reich, Robert L. Johnson, "Adaptive optics wavefront sensors based on photon-counting detector arrays", Proc. SPIE 7736, Adaptive Optics Systems II, 773610 (28 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.858006; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.858006


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