Feb 16, 2012 - Michael Pilon

Extreme Linear Dynamic Range Detection Using the Charge Injection Device

Charge transfer device optical array detectors are typically classified in three broad categories: charge coupled devices (CCDs) utilizing inter-pixel charge transfer for readout, charge injection devices (CIDs) utilizing intra-pixel charge transfer for readout, and CMOS devices. The latter devices are named for the standard semiconductor processes used in their manufacture rather than the charge transfer mechanism employed for readout. While CCDs are the preferred detectors for photon-starved scientific applications such as astronomy, and CMOS devices are the preferred detectors for high-volume commercial applications such as mobile phone cameras, the CID is the preferred detector for high dynamic range scientific applications such as inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) and particle beam profiling. Since CID pixels are randomly addressable and the photon-generated charge within the pixel can be quantified non-destructively using intra-pixel charge transfer, the integration time may be varied from pixel to pixel based upon the experimentally observed photon flux. Using this exclusive random access integration feature, unprecedented linear dynamic range exceeding 7 orders of magnitude has been demonstrated on full-frame images with a single exposure – several orders of magnitude beyond the capabilities of CCD and most CMOS detectors. The unique CID architecture is described, high-level CID camera capabilities are discussed, and several illustrative imaging applications are presented.

Michael Pilon, General Manager Thermo Fisher Scientific


Dr. Pilon has been the General Manager of Thermo Fisher Scientific’s CIDTEC Cameras & Imagers product line in Liverpool, NY since 2003. He received his PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ) in 1991 where he was the first to utilize CID detection with an echelle spectrometer for ICP-OES. Upon graduation, Dr. Pilon accepted a position at Thermo Electron (Thermo Fisher Scientific’s predecessor) where his team commercialized this ICP-OES instrumentation. More than 7500 of the instruments have been sold, and they are employed in a wide variety of applications including environmental analysis, metals analysis, quality control, petrochemical analysis, geological analysis, etc. The CIDTEC Cameras & Imagers business manufactures CID cameras for this ICP-OES instrumentation as well as other unique solid-state cameras for a variety of OEM customers in the medical equipment, analytical instrumentation, nuclear power, and machine vision industries.


Pre-registration discount DINNER reservations must be made by 6 PM, Feb 13 before the meeting. Full-price reservation accepted thereafter. Walk-ins welcome at full-price. MEETING-ONLY registrations appreciated by Feb 15.

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275 Grove Street
Auburndale, MA 02466

(617) 969-3282

(Map to Rebecca's).

Networking—5:45 PM, Dinner—6:30, Meeting—7:30 PM.


Vegetarian option available on request

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NOTE: The NES/OSA has not changed dinner prices in several years but has been facing higher costs. We will maintain the current dinner prices for those reserving dinner on the requested date but still try to accommodate late reservations.

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