charge-coupled device

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charge-coupled device (CCD)

1 an array of semiconductors so arranged that the output of one serves as the input of the next. CCDs are often used to convert light patterns into electrical signals. See also charge-coupled image sensor.
2 in dental imaging, an image receptor found within an intraoral sensor.

charge-coupled device

Abbreviation: CCD
A device used in video and digital imaging (such as in CT scanning) that creates electronic images from light.
See also: device
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Crucial to the proposed mission, which Perlmutter calls SNAPSAT (Supernova/Acceleration Probe Satellite), are the size and sensitivity of its light detectors--large mosaics of solid-state sensors known as charge-coupled devices.
Astronomers use charge-coupled devices (CCDs)-light-sensitive semiconductors that register almost every photon that hits them-to catch the scant rays from distant objects.
The signals produced by the camera's four charge-coupled devices (CCDs) in response to incoming starlight vary by as much as 10 percent.

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