Bayer Color Mask For CCDs

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Robert E. Williams, Nov 29, 2003.

  1. I just got to wondering how the RGB filters are applied to a CCD in a
    Bayer pattern.
    A typical 4 MP 1/1.8" CCD has pixel sites that are only about 3.1
    microns on a side.
    That is VERRRY small. Less than half the size of a red blood cell!!
    About 1/25 the diameter of a human hair!!
    How do manufacturers apply 4+ million colored plastic(?) dots in perfect
    registration with no overlap or leakage between dots on a sensor 5.4mm x
    7.2mm. In printer terms, that's about 77,000 dots/inch. That is Awesome.

    Does anyone know how this is done?
    Bob Williams
    Robert E. Williams, Nov 29, 2003
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  2. In terms of chip fabrication (photolithography), the size of an
    individual CCD sensor of 3.1um is large by modern standards. To put
    it into context, the details of individual components on a modern CPU
    are about 0.9um across, hundreds of times less area.

    "Britney Spears" tells you all about it (and other semiconductor
    principles) in fairly simple terms here:

    Or you can Google for many, many, MANY more...

    Andy Blanchard, Nov 29, 2003
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    Tony Spadaro, Nov 29, 2003
  4. Actually, a 0.9 um spot is more like 12x less area than a 3.1 um spot, but
    your point is well taken.
    I wonder if they apply a SINGLE resist, shoot the RED positions, wash away
    that, then apply the RED plastic to the resulting holes. Then repeat the
    process for the GREEN positions and then for the Blue positions.
    Or do they use 3 separate masks "predrilled" with holes in the right place
    and apply consecutive treatments with RGB plastic?
    Or, do they use something like slide film with all the colors in place and
    then drop it on the CCD?
    Also, I wonder if those dyes fade with time like most dyes?
    Man! I'd love to tour a factory where this technology is used.
    Bob Williams
    Robert E. Williams, Nov 29, 2003
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    Steve Young Guest

    *very*, *very* useful information
    and funny as all get out
    Steve Young, Nov 29, 2003
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    mmcgr Guest

    Registration isn't necessarily perfect and overlap and leakage can
    occur, manifesting itself as slightly different spectral response of
    green filters in alternate rows. Some of the more sophisticated
    demosaicing arrangements take account of this.

    mmcgr, Nov 29, 2003
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    jpc Guest

    I believe bayer patterns are created by interference filters where the
    color transmittance in determined by the thickness of the filter over
    each pixel.

    jpc, Nov 29, 2003
  8. That sounds reasonable and a very clever way to do it.
    It gets around using dyes that could fade.
    Still, it would probably require 2-3 masks to get the right thickness of
    interference filter over the correct pixels.
    If can get my hands on a junked camera, I'll recover the sensor and examine
    it under a 200X microscope to see just how accurately the pattern is applied,
    and what it looks like.
    If any one has done this, please give us a heads up on what you found
    Bob Williams.
    Robert E. Williams, Nov 29, 2003
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