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Design of a 1k pixel Ge:Sb focal-plane array for far-IR astronomy
Author(s): Jam Farhoomand; David L. Sisson; Jeffrey W. Beeman; Robert E. McMurray; Alan Hoffman; Brian Starr; Charles Rabkin; Joseph Sienicki; Elisabeth Corrales
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Paper Abstract

Development of large format, far infrared focal-plane arrays has been identified as a pressing need for future astronomical instruments. In particular, array sizes as large as 128x128 with sensitivities equal to or better than 10-18 W/√Hz are the goals to be achieved within the next fifteen years. As part of our continuing effort to further this technology, we are developing a 32x32 Ge:Sb photoconductor FPA with a CTIA cryogenic readout multiplexer. A new, layered-hybrid architecture is employed to block the readout glow, improve heat dissipation and temperature uniformity across the array, and alleviate the potential problems associated with the large CTE mismatch between the Ge detector and the Si readout. This is the first 1k-pixel photoconductor FPA of its kind and is meant to be a pathfinder for future large format FPAs. Based on the test results of a prototype 2x16 Ge:Sb array of similar design, we expect the sensitivity of this FPA to be as low as 10-18 W/√Hz. This paper presents the design, characteristics, and the expected performance of this array.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7020, Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 70200D (18 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789506
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Jam Farhoomand, TechnoScience Corp. (United States)
NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
David L. Sisson, TechnoScience Corp. (United States)
NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Jeffrey W. Beeman, TechnoScience Corp. (United States)
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Robert E. McMurray, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Alan Hoffman, Acumen Scientific (United States)
Brian Starr, Raytheon Vision Systems (United States)
Charles Rabkin, Raytheon Vision Systems (United States)
Joseph Sienicki, Raytheon Vision Systems (United States)
Elisabeth Corrales, Raytheon Vision Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7020:
Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
William D. Duncan; Wayne S. Holland; Stafford Withington; Jonas Zmuidzinas, Editor(s)

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