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Master of Science (M.S.)



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Over the last five years, charge-coupled devices (CCD) have been improved dramatically in terms of sensitivity, manufacturability and particularly, cost. This has enabled them to be used economically in many more industrial and commercial electronic imaging processes. They are found in products ranging from video cameras to satellite-based camera systems. This has sparked my interests in these devices, and with a great deal of encouragement from Dr. Turpin, I decided to base my Master's thesis/project on a CCD. The project was mainly based on the design of the electronics and optics needed to support a CCD. The particular circuit design which I used other designs which are available. Many of the designs are microprocessor- based, which tends to limit the speed of operation of the imaging process. Other circuits employ specially coded memory chips to implement the required logic processes, but again, the speed of operation is limited by the access times of the memory chips. The circuit employed in the project uses only logic gates and flip flops, and is probably one of the fastest circuits available for the capture of single-frame images.





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