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Finite-differences model to predict temperatures on cryogenic focal plane arrays: first laboratory results
Author(s): Dani Guzmán; Rodrigo Bilbeny; Andrew Szentgyorgyi; Timothy J. Norton
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Paper Abstract

The latest CCD science detectors have reached a size of 100 mm on its side. For delicate experiments, one needs to minimize or eliminate uncalibratable errors introduced by the instrument. This is especially critical in the case of any mechanical or electronic variations in large detectors caused by an unanticipated thermal behavior of the device, when operated at cryogenic temperatures. G-CLEF (GMT-Consortium Large Earth Finder) is an optical band echelle spectrograph that has been selected as the first light instrument for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT). As part of the Preliminary Design, we have developed a Finite Difference Model (FDM) that can predict the temperature profile of the CCD mounting plate. We present the model and the results we have obtained. This model is an important design tool for the optimization of the position for cold straps and heaters, when requirements such as temperature equalization or stability are considered.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 2014
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9154, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy VI, 915425 (23 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056472
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Dani Guzmán, Pontificia Univ. Católica de Chile (Chile)
Rodrigo Bilbeny, Pontificia Univ. Católica de Chile (Chile)
Andrew Szentgyorgyi, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Timothy J. Norton, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9154:
High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy VI
Andrew D. Holland; James Beletic, Editor(s)

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