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Optimization of FIR photoconductors for both low- and high-background operation
Author(s): S. E. Church
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Paper Abstract

Far infrared photoconductors find important applications in astronomy, Earth observation and laboratory spectroscopy.We will review the main performance characteristics of these detectors, and discuss the choice of detector type, readoutelectronics, operating temperature etc., for a given application. The optimisation of two detector systems, one forlow-background space astronomy ( the Long Wavelength Spectrometer - LWS - for the Infrared Space Observatory)and one for a high-background aircraft experiment (SATIRE - Spectroscopy of the Atmosphere using Far InfraredEmission) will be described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 1993
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 2104, 18th International Conference on Infrared and Millimeter Waves, 21040G (30 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.2298448
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S. E. Church, Queen Mary and Westfield College (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2104:
18th International Conference on Infrared and Millimeter Waves
James R. Birch; Terence J. Parker, Editor(s)

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