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Performance of PYRAMIR detector system
Author(s): Sebastiano Ligori; Bernhard Grimm; Stefan Hippler
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Paper Abstract

We present in this paper the results of laboratory tests on the detector system for PYRAMIR, the infrared wavefront sensor for ALFA, the Adaptive Optics system at Calar Alto Observatory. PYRAMIR will use, at least in a first phase, a Hawaii-I detector, with 4 512x512 pixels2 quadrants which are read-out in parallel on 4 independent output channels. Since wavefront sensing in the infrared requires high frame rates and since the signal of the pyramid wavefront sensor is distributed on a small fraction of the detector area, the detector is operated in a windowed mode. Setting the pixel clock to the fastest speed supported by the chip without a significant increase in read noise and by addressing a 64x64 window, for instance, we are able to reach frame rates in excess of 150 Hz. We show our measurements of total read noise obtained at this relatively high read-out speed, as well as the results of our tests concerning linearity and sensitivity. The results show that the noise introduced by the read-out electronics itself is negligible compared with the intrinsic read-noise of the detector. In order to maximize the read-out efficiency we use differential measurements on a sequence of non destructive read-outs. We discuss the main characteristics of the detector when operating in this mode.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5490, Advancements in Adaptive Optics, (25 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550431
Show Author Affiliations
Sebastiano Ligori, Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie (Germany)
Bernhard Grimm, Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie (Germany)
Stefan Hippler, Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5490:
Advancements in Adaptive Optics
Domenico Bonaccini Calia; Brent L. Ellerbroek; Roberto Ragazzoni, Editor(s)

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