what do CCDs and optical fibers have in common?

October 6, 2009 at 8:57 am | | history, science and the public, science community

Answer: they’re both super important. (And they both won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics.)

Upon hearing this prize announcement, just about everyone I know thought, Yup, those are important. Some people also thought, Why are they sharing the same prize? And at least one person thought, How did they shoot live video before the CCD?

They used basically a reverse television, the pickup tube:

pickup-tube-wiki

Get it?

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  1. Yes, why are they sharing the same prize? Also, seems like N S Kapany didn’t make it to the list.

    Comment by Wavefunction — October 6, 2009 #

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