Primary Course Responsibility for 1996-97 Year

I will be offering a sequence of three courses that will cover a range of topics necessary to understand the working and performance of modern two dimensional array detectors. The courses are primarily offered for graduate students but suitable seniors are also welcome (and have been succesful in the past).

Fall Quarter

JIMG 739 Principles of Solid State Imaging I

This course covers the theoretical basics of Solid Imaging Arrays State using concepts from Physics, Electrical Engineering and Linear Systems Principles. Topics will cover carrier generation, diffusion of carriers, p-n junctions, FETs and amplifiers, sampling algorithms, and review of current IR and visible detector arrays. There is an associated laboratory that will involve the building of a correlated double sampling circuit and a dual slope integration circuit and an analysis of there performance.

References :

Solid State Physics by Sze

The Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hill

Figure Caption : Students (L-R David Schlingmeir, Mary Ellen Miller

& John Knapp) in the 739 courses happily getting their circuits to work.

Winter Quarter

JIMG 733 Principles of Solid State Imaging II

This course covers building a working, cooled CCD camera following the book by Berry et al. Students have succesfully built such a camera in the past. In addition the lecture portion of the class will cover the principles of operation of a CCD camera and a study of there performance.

Text :

CCD Camera Cookbook by Berry, Kanto & Munger

Reference :

"Solid State Imaging with CCDs" by Albert Theuwissen and "Advanced MOS Devices" by D. Schroder

Figure Caption : two undergraduates (Daisei Konno and Al Piterman)

who succesfully built a cookbook CCD Camera.

Spring Quarter

JIMG 753 CCD Instrumentation

This class (offered for the first time in 1997) will utilize the CCD cameras built in the winter quarter class in a series of small projects. These may include characterization testing (e.g. noise, spectral response using a calibrated single element sensor, dark rate, etc.), interfacing to a spectrograph or telescope, illuminating with X-rays and studying charge transfer efficiency or X-ray efficiency, etc.