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Microelectronics and photonics test bed (MPTB)
Author(s): James C. Ritter
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Paper Abstract

The microelectronics and photonics test bed (MPTB) is being developed to evaluate the performance of components planned for next generation operational spacecraft in the space radiation environment in advance of their scheduled deployment in operational missions. Important new technologies such as fiber optics, photonics, sensors, CCDs and room temperature focal plane arrays are space qualified and tested as well as new microelectronics devices such as advanced micro-processors, memories, logic gates, and analog to digital converters. It is expected that 50 to 60 microelectronic device types and a few photonics subsystems will be tested in space in the MPTB. Before launch, identical copies of the devices selected for space testing are tested on the ground at accelerators. Predictions of the behavior of the devices in the space radiation environment are made based on the ground test results and detailed models which are developed for each of the devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1993
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 1953, Photonics for Space Environments, (15 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.156572
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James C. Ritter, Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1953:
Photonics for Space Environments
Edward W. Taylor, Editor(s)

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