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Performance characteristics of doped-Ge photoconductors for the Infrared Space Observatory Long Wavelength Spectrometer
Author(s): Sarah E. Church; Matthew J. Griffin; Marc C. Price; Peter A. R. Ade; Roger J. Emery; Bruce Miles Swinyard
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Paper Abstract

The Long Wavelength Spectrometer (LWS), part of the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO), uses an array of ten doped-germanium photoconductors to cover the wavelength range 45 - 200 micrometers . The array comprises a Ge:Be detector for the 45 - 50 micrometers range, five unstressed Ge:Ga detectors for wavelengths between 50 - 110 micrometers and four stressed Ge:Ga for the long wavelength range 110 - 200 micrometers . We have calibrated the performance of the detectors, both individually and in the LWS. Optimum values of detector bias and operating temperature that maximize the sensitivity of the LWS have been established, resulting in detector NEPs of 10-17 WHz-1/2 for Ge:Be, 5 X 10-18 WHz-1/2 for unstressed Ge:Ga and 5 X 10-19 WHz-1/2 for stressed Ge:Ga. Under the low flux conditions expected in the LWS (< 10-14 W at the detector), doped-Ge photoconductors exhibit a number of other non-linearities and memory effects. Additionally, the performance of the detectors will be strongly influenced by ionizing radiation encountered during orbital perigee. The characteristics of these effects are described and the implications for operation and calibration of the LWS considered.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1946, Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation, (20 October 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.158666
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Sarah E. Church, Queen Mary and Westfield College (United Kingdom)
Matthew J. Griffin, Queen Mary and Westfield College (United Kingdom)
Marc C. Price, Queen Mary and Westfield College (United Kingdom)
Peter A. R. Ade, Queen Mary and Westfield College (United Kingdom)
Roger J. Emery, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Bruce Miles Swinyard, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1946:
Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation
Albert M. Fowler, Editor(s)

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