Tables for
Volume F
Crystallography of biological macromolecules
Edited by M. G. Rossmann and E. Arnold

International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. F, ch. 7.2, p. 152   | 1 | 2 |

Section 7.2.6. Future of CCD detectors

M. W. Tate,a* E. F. Eikenberryb and S. M. Grunera

aDepartment of Physics, 162 Clark Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-2501, USA, and  bSwiss Light Source, Paul Scherrer Institut, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland
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7.2.6. Future of CCD detectors

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The basic principles of CCD detector technology are now well developed, but various incremental improvements have already been demonstrated and may be expected in commercial detectors. These include larger detector areas, faster read times (owing to both faster electronics and multiamplifier CCDs), more flexible control electronics, better optimized phosphors and calibrations, and, especially, better software. Lower-cost CCD detectors would certainly be welcome. It is easily predicted that the application of CCD detectors will continue to increase rapidly for at least several more years until displaced by even better technologies, such as pixel array detectors (see Section 7.1.4[link] in Chapter 7.1).

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