- Opto-electronic device using materials which emit large numbers of photons in response to the arrival of a single photon. This allows image intensifiers to produce increased light fluxes from weak sources under observation.
- An electronic device which increases the brightness of images, and which can operate at very low levels of light. For example, the image whose brightness will be intensified is first focused onto a photocathode, from which electrons are ejected. These electrons are then accelerated and focused onto a phosphorescent screen, whose displayed image may be thousands of times brighter than the original. Used, for instance, to obtain clear X-ray images with markedly reduced exposure. Also called light amplifier.
- noun a night-viewing device which uses image intensification.