CMOS technology has truly revolutionised the imaging field for both commercial and scientific applications. This has led to incredible developments in terms of noise performance, pixel number, sensor areas and frame rate. The demand for faster and faster sensor driven by applications ranging from biomedical to fracture studies, has been addressed with a growing number of technological solutions.
The CMOS Sensors Design Group at STFC-RAL has always been very active at the forefront of the technological development. In this talk we are going to present two ways, with relative examples, to deliver faster frame rates. In the first one we will present design challenges and results of KIRANA, a 5Mfps camera based on a CCD in CMOS process developed in collaboration with a leading foundry such as Tower-Jazz.
We will then introduce a different concept, represented by PImMS, a CMOS sensor for TOF mass spectroscopy. The main characteristics of PImMS are that only relevant information (pixel hit timing and combined hit size) is stored and this data is stored locally in the 600 transistors pixel. This architecture can achieve a time resolution of 25ns and has the advantage that pixel readout rate does not scale with the number of pixels, making implementation of large formats feasible.
In conclusion a brief overview on current and future development will be presented.

TitleDevelopment of ultra-fast CMOS sensors for scientific applications at STFC - RAL
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Image taken with Kirana camera (full video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SZHNl7n1X8)

First nameNicola Carlo
Last nameGuerrini

STFC - RAL CMOS Sensors Design Group

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