A Review of the Pinned Photodiode for CCD and CMOS Image Sensors

  title={A Review of the Pinned Photodiode for CCD and CMOS Image Sensors},
  author={Eric R. Fossum and Donald B. Hondongwa},
  journal={IEEE Journal of the Electron Devices Society},
The pinned photodiode is the primary photodetector structure used in most CCD and CMOS image sensors. This paper reviews the development, physics, and technology of the pinned photodiode. 
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