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25 September 2012 Characterization results of EMCCDs for extreme low-light imaging
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EMCCDs are capable of extreme low light imaging thanks to sub-electron read-out noise, enabling single-photon counting. The characterization of e2v's CCD60 (128 x 128), CCD97 (512 x 512) and CCD201-20 (1024 x 1024) using a controller optimized for the driving of EMCCDs at a high (≥10 MHz) pixel rate per output with < 0.002 e- total background signal. Using the CCD Controller for Counting Photons (CCCP), the horizontal and vertical CIC, dark current and EM gain stability are characterized.
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Olivier Daigle, Oleg Djazovski, Denis Laurin, René Doyon, and Étienne Artigau "Characterization results of EMCCDs for extreme low-light imaging", Proc. SPIE 8453, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy V, 845303 (25 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926385; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.926385
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