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Microchannel-plate detectors for space-based astronomy
Author(s): James H. Crocker; Colin R. Cox; Knute A. Ray; Amit Sen
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Paper Abstract

The advantages of photon-counting detectors such as the Ranicon over other detectors in space-based astronomy in the area of time-resolved imaging and spectroscopy are discussed. Details of a system to record the positions and absolute arrival times of individual photons are described, with emphasis on the time-tag module and detector electronics and data collection system. The use of a GPS system for accurate absolute timing when synchronizing observations from different observatories is suggested.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1991
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1494, Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments, (1 September 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.29710
Show Author Affiliations
James H. Crocker, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Colin R. Cox, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Knute A. Ray, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Amit Sen, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1494:
Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments
Pierre Y. Bely; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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