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An electron tube formerly used in video cameras to capture images by scanning a photoconductive surface with an electron beam. They generally provided higher resolution images than the orthicons.

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(Broadcasting) a small television camera tube, used in closed-circuit television and outside broadcasts, in which incident light forms an electric charge pattern on a photoconductive surface. Scanning by a low-velocity electron beam discharges the surface, producing a current in an adjacent conducting layer. See also Plumbicon
[C20: from vid(eo) + icon(oscope)]
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(ˈvɪd ɪˌkɒn)

(in a television camera) an image-forming tube that operates on photoconductive principles: standard in most tube-type cameras.
[1945–50; vid (eo) + icon (oscope)]
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Landing postures of hoopsters and paratroopers were captured by vidicon (Figures 1 and 2).
For instance, intensifiers were placed in front of vidicon tubes either by fiber-optic coupling or by using lens systems in intensified vidicon cameras.
A Digital Vidicon and a Digital Camera were used to record the flame development of the pool fire in the room.
Andrew's astronomical interests involved computing (used for lunar and asteroidal occultation predictions and determining lunar limb profiles); low-light imaging using several generations of image intensifier; video recording (both vidicon and CCD); precision timing of astronomical phenomena (GPS and time insertion from standard radio-time signals); meteors and fireballs; occultations involving a range of small solar system bodies; and solar eclipses.
In the late 1960s he became interested in video production and he formed Vidicon Associates to pursue commercial and public access programming.
Returning to work after World War II, to the RCA Laboratories in Princeton, NJ, Webb was involved in the development of one very successful tube, the "vidicon," which used photoconductive technology to scan images and scenes, and was developed by Vladimir Zworykin--part of the core of electronic television development engineers at RCA from 1911 to 1958--who is "generally seen as the central figure in the development of the cathode ray tube and its application to television." In 1948, Zworykin asked Webb to build tiny cameras around the vidicon to record the scanned images, creating the first vidicon camera.
Closed-circuit television systems in the 1970s generally consisted of monochrome cameras employing vidicon imaging tubes.
The equipment they use to televise the pontiff is old but Father Vidicon repairs the apparatus until he receives a shock and dies; thanks to his perseverance the show went on and the church is saved.
One wonders whether the details of some sensors, such as the Return Beam Vidicon, should now be relegated to the history books.
These values are not actual camera dimensions but instead refer to the equivalent diameter of old TV-style vidicon tubes.