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Imaging pulse-counting detector systems for space ultraviolet astrophysics missions
Author(s): J. Gethyn Timothy
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Paper Abstract

A family of imaging, pulse-counting, photoelectric detector systems, the Multi-Anode Microchannel Arrays (MAMAs), are now under active development for use on a number of space ultraviolet astrophysics missions at far-ultraviolet (FUV) and extreme-ultraviolet wavelengths between about 300 and 28 nm. Specifically, MAMA detectors are being fabricated and tested for use in two instruments on the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory mission, for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Hubble Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, and for the prime FUV spectrograph of the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer FUSE/Lyman mission. The construction and performance characteristics of the different MAMA detector systems are described, and techniques for improving the spatial resolution of each of the detector systems by the use of custom application specific integrated circuits in the electronics are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1991
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1494, Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments, (1 September 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46738
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J. Gethyn Timothy, Stanford Univ. (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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