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Next-generation detectors for x-ray astronomy
Author(s): Richard M. Ambrosi; Andrew D. Holland; Kallol Mukerjee; Adam Keay; Martin J. L. Turner; Antony F. Abbey; Ian B. Hutchinson; T. J. R. Ashton; Andrew P. Beardmore; Alexander D. T. Short; Peter J. Pool; David Burt; D. Vernon
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Paper Abstract

The next generation of X-ray astronomy instruments will require position sensitive detectors in the form of charge coupled devices (CCDs) for X-ray spectroscopy and imaging that will have the ability to probe the X-ray universe with a greater efficiency. This will require the development of CCDs with structures that will improve on the quantum efficiency of the current state of the art over a broader spectral range in addition to reducing spectral features, which may affect spectral resolution and signal to background levels. These devices will also have to be designed to withstand the harsh radiation environments associated with orbits that extend beyond the Earth’s magnetosphere. The next generation X-ray telescopes will incorporate larger X-ray optics that will allow deeper observations of the X-ray universe and sensors will have to compensate for this by an increased readout speed. This study will aim to describe some of the results obtained from test CCD structures that may fit many of the requirements described above.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5501, High-Energy Detectors in Astronomy, (29 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.555512
Show Author Affiliations
Richard M. Ambrosi, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Andrew D. Holland, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
Kallol Mukerjee, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Adam Keay, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Martin J. L. Turner, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Antony F. Abbey, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Ian B. Hutchinson, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
T. J. R. Ashton, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Andrew P. Beardmore, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Alexander D. T. Short, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Peter J. Pool, e2v technologies ltd (United Kingdom)
David Burt, e2v technologies ltd (United Kingdom)
D. Vernon, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5501:
High-Energy Detectors in Astronomy
Andrew D. Holland, Editor(s)

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