In the past, scientific-grade CCD cameras provided data to researchers in arbitrary units, making it time consuming and challenging to duplicate or reproduce study results from different sources. Quant-View allows the camera to read out pixel values in terms of electrons.
A CCD counts photons by generating electrons when incident photons hit the device’s array. These electrons are counted and then converted into an analog-to-digital unit (ADU) value. High-performance camera companies such as Photometrics provide users the system gain number, enabling them to convert the ADU value back into actual electrons.
Quant-View performs this conversion for users in real-time. The camera reads out the pixel values in electrons measured. It also serves to demonstrate when optimal EM gain is applied to a low light image, hence prevents over-usage of the EM gain register and extends the life of the camera.
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