Engineers have unveiled the world’s largest digital camera LSST at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in the US. It has as many pixels as 266 iPhones.
Engineers at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in the US have finally unveiled the world’s largest digital camera LSST (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope). The project that started a few years ago aims to place the camera on an observatory in the Chilean Andes. Although the camera is not yet functional, all components have been combined into an operable frame. The composite sensor uses 189 different CCD sensors.
What is the LSST camera?
The LSST or the ‘Large Synoptic Survey Telescope’ is a digital camera placed on the El Penon summit of Cerro Pachon, a 2,682 meter high mountain in the Coquimbo region of northern Chile. Considered one of the best places on Earth for an observatory, Cerro Pachon also houses the Gemini South and Southern Astrophysical Research Telescopes.
LSST camera composition
It includes 189 CCD sensors, ie the charge coupled device is an integrated circuit with a series of coupled or coupled capacitors. CCD sensors are an important technology used in ultra-high-resolution cameras combined with super-telephoto lenses. LSST uses physical filters that block certain wavelengths.
Resolution of the LSST camera
The sensor of the LSST camera measures 16 mm diagonally. Each sensor would have a pixel density higher than that of the latest iPhone 14 Pro. The composite sensor’s total resolution is 3.2 Gigapixels or 3200 Megapixels, which is more than 266 iPhone 14 Pros combined.
Furthermore, the sensor is mated to a super-telephoto lens with a diameter of 1.57 meters, making it the largest lens of its kind ever made. From where it will be placed on Earth, the LSST camera can take a picture of a dust particle on the moon’s surface.