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Development of new CCD and CMOS image sensor technology

Studying CMOS image sensor technology with The Open University

The Centre for Electronic Imaging at The Open University aims to develop the next generation of complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors suitable for Earth observation, ground and space-based astronomy, and other science applications requiring high quantum efficiency in the red and near-infrared parts of the spectrum. The main innovation is the achievement of high QE by full depletion of the thick sensitive semiconductor layer using reverse substrate bias. In this way, sensitive detector thickness of 100 μm or more can be realised, instead of the current 5–10-μm-thick devices. The development will concentrate on building silicon CMOS image sensors using pinned photodiode photosensitive elements, capable of achieving science-grade imaging performance.

The technological advances from this work will allow many space-based imaging instruments to transition from charge-coupled device (CCD) to CMOS devices and benefit from better radiation hardness, higher readout speeds, increased level of integration and lower power dissipation.

Qualifications available:



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Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Expressions of interest should normally be accompanied by an up-to-date CV.

Potential research projects

  • CMOS image sensors for precision astronomy
  • Development of an X-ray camera for the OGRE sounding rocket
  • Development of an imaging camera for UKube-1
  • Investigation of electron-multiplying CCD technology for space astronomy
  • Radiation damage in scientific sensors for space
  • Development of CMOS imager for the JANUS camera on JUICE

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