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Quadrant-CCD star tracker
Author(s): Mark Clampin; Samuel T. Durrance; Robert H. Barkhouser; David A. Golimowski; A. Wald; W. G. Fastie; Denis L. Heidtmann; Morley M. Blouke; James A. Westphal; James R. Janesick; James E. Gunn
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Paper Abstract

The characteristics of a quadrant-CCD designed for pointing and tracking are discussed with reference to its use in an adaptive optics program. The quadrant-CCD is used to correct stellar image motion proceeding from atmospheric turbulence by means of a system in which a sensor measures the image offset and sends data to a high-speed tip/tilt mirror. The design and control of the device are detailed, including four 100-micron-square pixels, the quadrant architecture, controller electronics, and data acquisition computer and interface. The transfer function is set forth in the x and y directions, and transfer curves are shown. A laboratory simulation of random image motion was conducted to evaluate the performance of the quadrant-CCD as an image motion sensor, and the experimental results are presented. The suitability of the quadrant-CCD for space-based pointing and tracking uses is demonstrated by this test and two earlier theoretical studies. Some future developments which improve performance capabilities are mentioned.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1242, Charge-Coupled Devices and Solid State Optical Sensors, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19436
Show Author Affiliations
Mark Clampin, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Samuel T. Durrance, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Robert H. Barkhouser, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
David A. Golimowski, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
A. Wald, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
W. G. Fastie, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Denis L. Heidtmann, Tektronix, Inc. (United States)
Morley M. Blouke, Tektronix, Inc. (United States)
James A. Westphal, California Institute of Technology (United States)
James R. Janesick, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
James E. Gunn, Princeton Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1242:
Charge-Coupled Devices and Solid State Optical Sensors
Morley M. Blouke, Editor(s)

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