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24 October 2013 CMOS image sensors optimised for GEO observation
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CMOS Image Sensors (CIS) arrays have well proven their capabilities to address the growing need of space imaging from the GEO orbit within the visible and near infrared spectral bands. The main interesting features of CIS detectors for such applications are smearing-free capability, small pixel pitches even with large charge handling capacity, fine tuning of QE and MTF, low power dissipation, exposure control and good radiation behaviour. This paper will present new results obtained by our team in the field of development of such 2D arrays, including large format detectors (up to 12 million pixels), front and back side illuminations, 3T and 4T pixels, microlenses and different types of epitaxial layers/thicknesses. Radiometric and geometric characterisation results obtained for various devices will be presented.
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Michel Bréart de Boisanger, Franck Larnaudie, and Olivier Saint-Pé "CMOS image sensors optimised for GEO observation", Proc. SPIE 8889, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XVII, 88891F (24 October 2013);

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