Basic Physics of Optical CCD Arrays, Film, and Light
Mike Kudenov
Web Project for Physics 212 Spring 2003 (4/14/2003)

Here you will find a small overview of the basic physics behind CCD arrays (the optical sensing chips in many common commercial digital cameras), film, and some of the basic characteristics of light that makes taking and recording images possible. It is important to note, however, that certain imaging technologies such as CMOS imaging sensors (an electronic analog solution similar to CCD's) will be left out in this discussion, however, this does not downplay their importance in the commercial imaging world (for instance, some of the newest 16 megapixel cameras utilize CMOS sensors). For this site, it is best to begin in the "Attributes of Light" section.