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High-speed CMOS wavefront sensor with resistive-ring networks of winner-take-all circuits

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3 Author(s)
T. Nirmaier ; Heidelberg Univ., Germany ; C. A. Diez ; J. F. Bille

We present a high-bandwidth Hartmann-Shack sensor for adaptive optics implemented in a standard 0.35 μm CMOS process technology. Hartmann-Shack sensors reconstruct an optical wavefront from the displacement of focal points as imaged by a microlens array. This image is usually captured by CCD cameras and then processed by software, limiting the wavefront bandwidth to a few hertz. The presented CMOS-based sensors achieves a frame rate of up to 4 kHz by analog image processing on the focal plane. The implemented position sensitive detectors consist of a resistive-ring network of Winner-Take-All circuits with reduced sensitivity to transistor mismatch and fixed-pattern noise. This CMOS-based wavefront sensor allowed the first high-bandwidth wavefront measurements at the human eye.

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IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits  (Volume:40 ,  Issue: 11 )