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Performance of the double delay line microchannel plate detectors for the Far-Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer
Author(s): Oswald H. W. Siegmund; Mark A. Gummin; Joseph M. Stock; Giampiero Naletto; Geoffrey A. Gaines; Richard Raffanti; Jeffrey S. Hull; Robert Abiad; Ted Rodriguez-Bell; Tony Magoncelli; Patrick N. Jelinsky; William Donakowski; Karl E. Kromer
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Paper Abstract

The microchannel plate, delay line, detectors developed for the far ultraviolet spectroscopic explorer mission to be launched in 1998 are described. The two FUSE detectors have a large format (approximately equals 184 mm by 10 mm split into two 88.5 by 10 mm segments), with high spatial resolution (less than 20 micrometers by 50 micrometers FWHM, greater than 9000 by 200 resolution elements) and good linearity (plus or minus 25 micrometers), high image stability, and counting rates in excess of 4 by 104 events sec-1. KBr opaque photocathodes have been employed to provide quantum detection efficiencies of 30 - 40% in the 900 - 1200 angstrom range. Microchannel plates with 10 micrometer pores and an 80:1 pore length to diameter ratio, with a 95 mm by 20 mm format have been used in a Z stack configuration to provide the photon amplification (gain approximately equals 2 by 107). These show narrow pulse height distributions (less than 35% FWHM) even with uniform flood illumination, and good background levels (less than 0.3 event cm-2sec-1). Flat field images are demanded by the microchannel plate multifiber boundary fixed pattern noise and are stable.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3114, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII, (15 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.283775
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Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Mark A. Gummin, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Joseph M. Stock, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Giampiero Naletto, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Geoffrey A. Gaines, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Richard Raffanti, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Jeffrey S. Hull, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Robert Abiad, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Ted Rodriguez-Bell, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Tony Magoncelli, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Patrick N. Jelinsky, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
William Donakowski, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Karl E. Kromer, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3114:
EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII
Oswald H. W. Siegmund; Mark A. Gummin, Editor(s)

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