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Optical Engineering

Intensified Charge-Coupled-Device Imager For Auroral Studies
Author(s): S. K. Babey; J. S. Murphree; E. P. King; L. L. Cogger; C. D. Anger
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Paper Abstract

A 100 X100 pixel charge-coupled-device (CCD) area detector combined with an image intensifier, all-sky optics, and a filter wheel has been developed to provide quantitative monochromatic images of the aurora. The design of the instrument provides for a variable exposure rate to accommodate the large dynamic range of auroral intensities, from a minimum of 20 ms up to several minutes. Standard auroral emission features are monitored by four selectable filters, normally at 6300, 5577, 3914, and 4278 A. Depending on the filter utilized, sensitivity can be from 180 to 250 R ADU-1 s-1. The instrument has been used successfully in support of balloon, rocket, and satellite campaigns.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1986
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 25(10) doi: 10.1117/12.7973970
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 25, Issue 10
Show Author Affiliations
S. K. Babey, The University of Calgary (Canada)
J. S. Murphree, The University of Calgary (Canada)
E. P. King, The University of Calgary (Canada)
L. L. Cogger, The University of Calgary (Canada)
C. D. Anger, The University of Calgary (Canada)


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