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Photometric stability of STIS MAMA detectors
Author(s): Vic S. Argabright; Steven Franka; Peter Frank; George A. Lorman; Charles N. Van Houten; James Abraham; Richard L. Bybee; Charles L. Joseph; Bruce E. Woodgate; Randy A. Kimble; Anthony C. Danks
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Paper Abstract

Two multi-anode microchannel array (MAMA) detectors were fabricated at Ball Aerospace Technology Corporation for the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) which was installed into the Hubble Space Telescope in February 1997. The photometric stability of the opaque CsI and semi- transparent Cs2Te sealed MAMA tubes has been characterized as a function of operating voltage and illumination conditions. A total exposure of 5 by 107 counts per pixel results in < 1 percent change in the detection quantum efficiency (DQE), which is attributed to conditioning of the microchannel plate (MCP) during tube processing. Employing good engineering practices to power supply design mitigates the effects of these components in long term detector stability. Other factors contributing to the photometric stability include the use of a curved channel MCP, photocathode processing, hydrocarbon free ultra high vacuum processing and sealed tube processing techniques. Contributions to the low resolution mode DQE stability are discussed along with empirical results on high resolution mode stability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3356, Space Telescopes and Instruments V, (28 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.324540
Show Author Affiliations
Vic S. Argabright, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Steven Franka, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Peter Frank, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
George A. Lorman, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Charles N. Van Houten, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
James Abraham, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Richard L. Bybee, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Charles L. Joseph, Rutgers Univ. (United States)
Bruce E. Woodgate, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Randy A. Kimble, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Anthony C. Danks, Raytheon STX Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3356:
Space Telescopes and Instruments V
Pierre Y. Bely; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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