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Review of multianode microchannel array detector systems
Author(s): J. Gethyn Timothy

Paper Abstract

Multianode microchannel arrays (MAMAs) are a family of digital photon-counting imaging arrays designed specifically for use in space. Two MAMAs with formats of 1024×1024  pixels were included in the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) to cover the far-ultraviolet (FUV) from 115 to 170 nm and the near-ultraviolet (NUV) from 165 to 310 nm. STIS was installed on orbit in the Hubble Space Telescope in February 1997. The flight-spare FUV MAMA was installed on orbit in the Advanced Camera for Surveys in March 2002, and the flight-spare NUV MAMA was installed on orbit in the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph in May 2009. This paper describes the construction, modes of operation, and on-orbit performances of the MAMAs and the resulting lessons for future space astrophysics missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2016
PDF: 23 pages
J. Ast. Inst. Sys. 2(3) 030901 doi: 10.1117/1.JATIS.2.3.030901
Published in: Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems Volume 2, Issue 3
Show Author Affiliations
J. Gethyn Timothy, Nightsen, Inc. (United States)


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