Quantum Efficiency

updated: 2021-05-18

The term quantum efficiency (QE) may apply to incident photon to converted electron (IPCE) ratio[1] of a CCD  photosensitive device

In a charge-coupled device (CCD) or other photodetector, it is the ratio between the number of charge carriers collected at either terminal and the number of photons hitting the device's photoreactive surface. As a ratio, QE is dimensionless, but it is closely related to the responsivity, which is expressed in amps per watt. Since the energy of a photon is inversely proportional to its wavelength, QE is often measured over a range of different wavelengths to characterize a device's efficiency at each photon energy level. For typical semiconductor photodetectors, QE drops to zero for photons whose energy is below the band gap. A photographic film typically has a QE of much less than 10%,[2] while CCDs can have a QE of well over 90% at some wavelengths.

(Reference: Wikipedia)

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