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Intra-pixel response of infrared detector arrays for JWST
Author(s): Tim Hardy; M. R. Baril; J. Pazder; J. S. Stilburn
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Paper Abstract

The near-infrared instruments on the James Webb Space Telescope will use 5 micron cutoff HAWAII-2RG detector arrays. We have investigated the response of this type of detector at sub-pixel resolution to determine whether variations at this scale would affect the performance of the instruments. Using a simple experimental setup we were able to get measurements with a resolution of approximately 4 microns. We have measured an un-hybridized HAWAII-1RG multiplexer, a hybridized HAWAII-1RG device with a 5 micron cutoff HgCdTe detector layer, and a hybridized HAWAII-2RG device with a 5 micron cutoff substrate-removed HgCdTe detector layer. We found that the intra-pixel response functions of the hybrid devices are basically smooth and well behaved, and vary little from pixel to pixel. However, we did find numerous sub-pixel sized defects, notably some long straight thin features like scratches. We were not able to detect any significant variations with wavelength between 0.65 and 2.2 microns, but in the -1RG device there was a variation with temperature. When cooled from 80K to 40K, the pixel response became narrower, and some signal began to be lost at the edges of the pixel. We believe this reflects a reduction in charge diffusion at the lower temperature.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7021, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy III, 70212B (22 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.787129
Show Author Affiliations
Tim Hardy, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
M. R. Baril, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (United States)
J. Pazder, National Research Council Canada (Canada)
J. S. Stilburn, National Research Council Canada (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7021:
High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy III
David A. Dorn; Andrew D. Holland, Editor(s)

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