Present and future roles of high performance charge transfer device detectors in spectrochemical analysis

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Recent advances in the capabilities of state-of-the-art array detectors offer exciting new frontiers for exploration. The latest generation of solid state detector arrays, including charge coupled devices (CCDs), charge injection devices (CIDs) and new hybrid devices, are becoming available in a variety of formats ranging from prototype single element devices targeted to compete head on with photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) to devices containing in excess of sixteen million detector elements. In between lie a host of very high performance detectors capable of outperforming more conventional approaches. New architectures, materials and processing techniques are yielding devices with lower readout noise, reduced crosstalk and improved quantum efficiencies. The impact of these detectors on a number of spectroscopic techniques will be discussed. Several applications for improved chemical analysis, including fluorescent and atomic spectroscopy, are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-118
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Dec 1 1990
EventOptical Spectroscopic Instrumentation and Techniques for the 1990s: Applications in Astronomy, Chemistry, and Physics - Las Cruces, United States
Duration: Jun 4 1990Jun 6 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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