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S-Cam 2: performance and initial astronomical results
Author(s): Nicola Rando; J. Verveer; Peter Verhoeve; Anthony J. Peacock; S. Andersson; A. P. Reynolds; Fabio Favata; Michael A.C. Perryman; D. J. Goldie
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Paper Abstract

S-Cam is a cryogenic camera for ground based astronomy designed around a 6 by 6 array of Ta-Al Superconducting Tunnel Junctions. The camera has been conceived as a technology demonstrator, aiming to provide the potential of this new generation of single photon counting detectors at a ground-based telescope in La Palma, an improved version of the camera has been developed and tested. In this paper we provide an overview of the latest camera performance, a description of the up-dated S-Cam 2 system and a summary of the main test results. An example of the novel astronomical data obtained during the test campaign conducted in December 1999 are also shortly described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4008, Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors, (16 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.395523
Show Author Affiliations
Nicola Rando, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
J. Verveer, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Peter Verhoeve, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Anthony J. Peacock, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
S. Andersson, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
A. P. Reynolds, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Fabio Favata, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Michael A.C. Perryman, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
D. J. Goldie, Oxford Instruments (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4008:
Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors
Masanori Iye; Alan F. M. Moorwood, Editor(s)

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