Research course

Semiconductor Imaging Sensors for Space and Terrestrial Uses

Institution
Open University · School of Physical Sciences
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

The Centre for Electronic Imaging at The Open University has been involved in the development and characterisation of many CCD and CMOS image sensors for space and terrestrial applications over recent years. The applications areas of CMOS image sensors for X-ray detection are expanding, and new developments concentrate on achieving physically thick sensitive layers and stacked devices for greater detection efficiency. One of the largest users of X-ray CMOS sensors is instrumentation at synchrotron light sources and free electron lasers. Our studentships investigate a range of applications using CMOS sensors for soft X-ray detection in both terrestrial and space use, and involve concept studies, design and build of hardware and data analysis.

Potential research projects

  • CMOS Image Sensors for Precision Astronomy

Current/recent research projects

  • Development of an X-ray camera for the OGRE sounding rocket
  • Development of an imaging camera for UKube-1
  • Investigation of electron multiplying CCD technology for space astronomy
  • Radiation damage in scientific sensors for space
  • Development of CMOS imager for the JANUS camera on JUICE

Projects currently on offer may be found here.

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

CMOS Image Sensors for Precision Astronomy

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months
distance learning
variable months

MPhil

part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Name
Administrative support
Email
stem-sps-phd-admin@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 659036