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Focal planes and mount assemblies for the WIRE program
Author(s): Bruce A. Beardwood; Charles Lynn Hern; David H. Seib; Maryn G. Stapelbroek; John C. Kemp
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Paper Abstract

The wide-field infrared explorer (WIRE) is a small spaceborne cryogenic telescope specifically designed to study the evolution of starburst galaxies. The use of advanced, large format, infrared hybrid focal plane array technology provides a large sensitivity gain over previously flown missions. The hybrid focal plane arrays (HFPAs) used in this instrument are 128 by 128-element arsenic-doped-silicon blocked impurity band infrared detector arrays connected via indium column interconnects to matching cryogenic multiplexers. The WIRE instrument includes two focal plane mount assemblies (FPMAs), each of which includes a HFPA optimized for a particular wavelength band. Details concerning design, fabrication and performance of the critical components of the WIRE FPMAs are described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 October 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3122, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing V, (23 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.278998
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Bruce A. Beardwood, Boeing North American, Inc. (United States)
Charles Lynn Hern, Boeing North American, Inc. (United States)
David H. Seib, Boeing North American, Inc. (United States)
Maryn G. Stapelbroek, Boeing North American, Inc. (United States)
John C. Kemp, Utah State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3122:
Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing V
Marija Strojnik; Bjorn F. Andresen, Editor(s)

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