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Orion: the largest infrared hybrid focal plane in production
Author(s): Albert M. Fowler; Michael Merrill; William J. Ball; Arne A. Henden; Frederick J. Vrba; Craig R. McCreight
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Paper Abstract

Orion is a program to develop a 2048x2048 infrared focal plane using InSb PV detectors. It is the natural follow-on to the successful Aladdin 1024x1024 program, which was the largest IR focal plane of the 90's. Although the pixels are somewhat smaller than Aladdin, the overall focal plane is over 50mm in size and for the present is the largest IR focal plane of the 21st century. The work is being done by Raytheon Infrared Operations (RIO but better known as SBRC) by many of the same people who created the Aladdin focal plane. The design is very similar to the successful Aladdin design with the addition of reference pixels to lower noise and drift effects in long integrations. So far we have made five focal plane modules with hybridized InSb detectors. In this paper we will discuss the unique design features of this device as well as present test data taken from these devices.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4841, Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes, (7 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.460038
Show Author Affiliations
Albert M. Fowler, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Michael Merrill, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
William J. Ball, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Arne A. Henden, U.S. Naval Observatory (United States)
Frederick J. Vrba, U.S. Naval Observatory (United States)
Craig R. McCreight, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4841:
Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes
Masanori Iye; Alan F. M. Moorwood, Editor(s)

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