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Detectors: CCDs for Life-Science Applications

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The CCD camera is becoming the imaging method of choice in biological laboratories for its resolution, versatility and ease of use. Choosing the best CCD for a given application, however, requires knowing how basic chip parameters affect performance.

Butch Moomaw, Hamamatsu Corporation, Systems Div.

Since their invention in the late 1960s, charge-coupled devices, also called CCDs, have found widespread use in imaging applications. Electronic cameras based on CCD technology are used in applications from home video to medical imaging to astronomy. CCD cameras offer several advantages over film cameras: They can be connected directly to a computer, can be highly sensitive to low-light levels and their images are instantly available without film or dark-room processing. As their costs come down, CCD sensors are becoming essential tools for microscopists and biologists, though many...Read full article

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