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Development of the CCDs for the ESA GAIA cornerstone mission
Author(s): Andrew D. Holland; Michael A.C. Perryman; Cyril Vetel; Roy Steward; Ian B. Hutchinson; Richard M. Ambrosi; David Ryan Smith; Steve Bowring; David J. Burt; Tim Eaton; David G. Morris; Peter Poole; Robert Davancens; Anouk Laborie; Pierre Pouny; Frederic Safa; Igor Zayer; Alexander D.T. Short
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Paper Abstract

The ESA cornerstone mission GAIA will perform astrometric and photometric measurements on one billion objects, and is due for launch in 2010 into L2 orbit. The key astrometric focal plane will comprise over 180 large area CCDs with a focal surface of about 0.5m2. The 45x60mm2 CCDs for the focal plane will include technical features new to CCDs. This paper will discuss the characteristics of these devices, including the measures to improve the radiation hardness of the technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 January 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5167, Focal Plane Arrays for Space Telescopes, (12 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.515401
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Andrew D. Holland, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Michael A.C. Perryman, ESTEC (Netherlands)
Cyril Vetel, EADS-Astrium (France)
Roy Steward, e2v technolgies (United Kingdom)
Ian B. Hutchinson, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Richard M. Ambrosi, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
David Ryan Smith, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Steve Bowring, e2v technolgies (United Kingdom)
David J. Burt, e2v technolgies (United Kingdom)
Tim Eaton, e2v technolgies (United Kingdom)
David G. Morris, e2v technolgies (United Kingdom)
Peter Poole, e2v technolgies (United Kingdom)
Robert Davancens, EADS-Astrium (France)
Anouk Laborie, EADS-Astrium (France)
Pierre Pouny, EADS-Astrium (France)
Frederic Safa, EADS-Astrium (France)
Igor Zayer, ESTEC (Netherlands)
Alexander D.T. Short, ESTEC (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5167:
Focal Plane Arrays for Space Telescopes
Thomas J. Grycewicz; Craig R. McCreight, Editor(s)

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