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A novel CCD design for curvature wavefront sensing
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Paper Abstract

At the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Garching, Germany, several adaptive optics systems using curvature wavefront sensors are being developed for the Very Large Telescope (VLT) and the VLT interferometer (VLTI). Curvature AO-systems have traditionally used avalanche photodiodes (APDs) as detectors due to strict requirements of very short integration times (200 microsec) and very low readout noise. Advances in CCD technology motivated an investigation of the use of a specially designed CCD as the wavefront sensor detector in a 60-element curvature AO system. A CCD has never been used before as the wavefront sensor in a low light level curvature adaptive optics system. This CCD can achieve nearly the same performance as APDs at a fraction of the cost and with reduced complexity for high order wavefront correction. Moreover the CCD has higher quantum efficiency and a greater dynamic range than APDs. A readout noise of less than 1.5 electrons at 4000 frames per second was achieved. Back-illuminated thinned versions of this CCD can replace APDs as a new detector for high order curvature wavefront sensing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5499, Optical and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy, (29 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551631
Show Author Affiliations
Reinhold J. Dorn, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
James W. Beletic, Rockwell Scientific Co. (United States)
Barry E. Burke, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5499:
Optical and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy
James D. Garnett; James W. Beletic, Editor(s)

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