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Smart CMOS image sensor for lightning detection and imaging

Rolando, Sébastien and Goiffon, Vincent and Magnan, Pierre and Corbière, Franck and Molina, Romain and Tulet, Michel and Bréart-de-Boisanger, Michel and Saint-Pé, Olivier and Guiry, Saïprasad and Larnaudie, Franck and Leone, Bruno and Perez-Cuevas, Leticia and Zayer, Igor Smart CMOS image sensor for lightning detection and imaging. (2013) Applied Optics, 52 (7). C16-C23. ISSN 0003-6935

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.52.000C16


We present a CMOS image sensor dedicated to lightning detection and imaging. The detector has been designed to evaluate the potentiality of an on-chip lightning detection solution based on a smart sensor. This evaluation is performed in the frame of the predevelopment phase of the lightning detector that will be implemented in the Meteosat Third Generation Imager satellite for the European Space Agency. The lightning detection process is performed by a smart detector combining an in-pixel frame-to-frame difference comparison with an adjustable threshold and on-chip digital processing allowing an efficient localization of a faint lightning pulse on the entire large format array at a frequency of 1 kHz. A CMOS prototype sensor with a 256×256 pixel array and a 60 μm pixel pitch has been fabricated using a 0.35 μm 2P 5M technology and tested to validate the selected detection approach.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Thanks to OSA - Optical Society of America. The original PDF can be found on the ACM website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.52.000C16
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Other partners > EADS - Astrium (FRANCE)
Other partners > European Space Agency - ESA (UNITED KINGDOM)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Other partners > ESA - ESTEC (NETHERLANDS)
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Deposited On:28 Nov 2013 09:59

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