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Camera electronics for the 72-channel SAO Megacam
Author(s): John C. Geary; Stephen M. Amato
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Paper Abstract

The S.A.O. Megacam focal plane will consist of 36 large CCDs (2 K X 4.5 K format), each with 2 output ports running at pixel rates up to 200 kHz. The unbinned data field is thus as large as 324 megawords and is presented at a sustained data rate during readout approaching 28 megabytes/sec. We have developed a simple camera controller to deal with the problem of handling so many channels and their digitized outputs at fairly high speeds. We also present some results from ongoing efforts to optimize the 200 kHz signal processing chain for low noise and low crosstalk.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3355, Optical Astronomical Instrumentation, (9 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316830
Show Author Affiliations
John C. Geary, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
Stephen M. Amato, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3355:
Optical Astronomical Instrumentation
Sandro D'Odorico, Editor(s)

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