Hole accumulation diode

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A Hole accumulation diode (HAD) is an electronic noise reduction device in a charge-coupled device (CCD) or CMOS imaging sensor.[1] HAD devices function by reducing dark current that occur in the absence of light falling on the imager for noise reduction and enhanced image quality.

HAD CCDs are used in consumer and professional single, as well as, three-chip video cameras.

Operation[edit]

The "hole" refers to places in a semiconductor where an electron has been dislodged, thus creating a positive charge. These "holes" or positive charges can be created by heat or imperfections in the creation of the imaging chip. The "holes" are accumulated, or trapped, in a separate semiconductor layer that acts as a diode that prevents them from returning or creating noise. HAD technology suppresses the fixed pattern noise that results from "dark" current that occurs regardless of the amount of absorbed light. By fabricating a hole-accumulation layer below the surface of the CCD, "dark" current can be suppressed at the source.

Patents[edit]

HAD is a patented technique of the Sony Corporation.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yonemoto, K.; Sumi, H. (2000). "A CMOS image sensor with a simple fixed-pattern-noise-reduction technology and a hole accumulation diode". IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits. 35 (12): 2038–2043. doi:10.1109/4.890320. ISSN 0018-9200. 
  2. ^ "Sony Develops Noise Reduction Technologies to Enhance Image Quality of CMOS Image Sensors". Sony Global. February 8, 2000. Retrieved 2012-12-08. Press Release