Modeling a micro channel plate working in pulsed mode

Aurelia Secroun, Alain Mens, Jacques Segré, Franck Assous, Emmanuel Piault, J. C. Rebuffie

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MicroChannel Plates (MCPs) are used in high speed cinematography systems such as MCP framing cameras and streak camera readouts. In order to know the dynamic range or the signal to noise ratio that are available in these devices, a good knowledge of the performances of the MCP is essential. The point of interest of our simulation is the working mode of the microchannel plate - that is light pulsed mode -, in which the signal level is relatively high and its duration can be shorter than the time needed to replenish the wall of the channel, when other papers mainly studied night vision applications with weak continuous and nearly single electron input signal. Also our method allows the simulation of saturation phenomena due to the large number of electrons involved, whereas the discrete models previously used for simulating pulsed mode might not be properly adapted. Here are presented the choices made in modeling the microchannel, more specifically as for the physics laws, the secondary emission parameters and the 3D-geometry. In a last part first results are shown.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-138
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 28 May 1997
Externally publishedYes
Event22nd International Congress on High-Speed Photography and Photonics 1996 - Santa Fe, United States
Duration: 27 Oct 19961 Nov 1996


  • Electron Optics
  • Electron multipliers
  • Intensifier
  • MicroChannel Plates
  • Saturation
  • Simulation


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