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Vulnerability of CMOS image sensors in megajoule class laser harsh environment

Goiffon, Vincent and Girard, Sylvain and Magnan, Pierre and Chabane, Aziouz and Paillet, Philippe and Cervantes, Paola and Martin-Gonthier, Philippe and Baggio, Jacques and Estribeau, Magali and Bourgade, Jean-Luc and Darbon, Stéphane and Rousseau, Adrien and Glebov, Vladimir Yu and Pien, Gregory and Sangster, Thomas C. Vulnerability of CMOS image sensors in megajoule class laser harsh environment. (2012) Optics Express, 20 (18). 20028-20042. ISSN 1094-4087

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.020028


CMOS image sensors (CIS) are promising candidates as part of optical imagers for the plasma diagnostics devoted to the study of fusion by inertial confinement. However, the harsh radiative environment of Megajoule Class Lasers threatens the performances of these optical sensors. In this paper, the vulnerability of CIS to the transient and mixed pulsed radiation environment associated with such facilities is investigated during an experiment at the OMEGA facility at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE), Rochester, NY, USA. The transient and permanent effects of the 14 MeV neutron pulse on CIS are presented. The behavior of the tested CIS shows that active pixel sensors (APS) exhibit a better hardness to this harsh environment than a CCD. A first order extrapolation of the reported results to the higher level of radiation expected for Megajoule Class Laser facilities (Laser Megajoule in France or National Ignition Facility in the USA) shows that temporarily saturated pixels due to transient neutron-induced single event effects will be the major issue for the development of radiation-tolerant plasma diagnostic instruments whereas the permanent degradation of the CIS related to displacement damage or total ionizing dose effects could be reduced by applying well known mitigation techniques.

Item Type:Article
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux énergies alternatives - CEA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Other partners > University of Rochester (USA)
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Deposited On:06 Dec 2012 12:09

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