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Evaluation of a solid state photomultiplier focal plane array in the U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command CALM facility
Author(s): Carl F. Dadson
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Paper Abstract

The U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command facility for the characterization of advanced low- background mosaics (CALM) is operated by Rockwell International Corporation. The facility supports a cryogenic test chamber with controlled background (flood) and target sources. The test chamber allows the measurement of focal plane array response to a moving point image in the presence of a radiant background that may be controlled over a range from less than 109 to over 1014 photons/second-square centimeter. An ancillary data acquisition system is capable of performing a 15-bit analog-to-digital conversion of focal plane array output data and storing processed digital data at 2 megabytes per second. This paper describes the facility and its use in the evaluation of a solid state photomultiplier (SSPM) focal plane array. The SSPM is a back illuminated, impurity band conduction device capable of detecting individual photons over infrared wavelengths extending from 1 to 28 micrometers. A description of the test configuration, test conduct, and data analysis are presented along with results of the SSPM evaluation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1992
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1686, Test and Evaluation of IR Detectors and Arrays II, (1 July 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.60537
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Carl F. Dadson, Rockwell International Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1686:
Test and Evaluation of IR Detectors and Arrays II
Forney M. Hoke, Editor(s)

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