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Title: Enhanced performance CCD output amplifier

A low-noise FET amplifier is connected to amplify output charge from a che coupled device (CCD). The FET has its gate connected to the CCD in common source configuration for receiving the output charge signal from the CCD and output an intermediate signal at a drain of the FET. An intermediate amplifier is connected to the drain of the FET for receiving the intermediate signal and outputting a low-noise signal functionally related to the output charge signal from the CCD. The amplifier is preferably connected as a virtual ground to the FET drain. The inherent shunt capacitance of the FET is selected to be at least equal to the sum of the remaining capacitances.
 [1];  [2]
  1. (Los Alamos, NM)
  2. (Santa Fe, NM)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Regents of Univ. of California Office of Technology Transfer (Alameda, CA) LANL
Patent Number(s):
US 5589881
Contract Number:
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM
Country of Publication:
United States
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