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Characterization of flight detector arrays for the wide-field infrared survey explorer
Author(s): Amy Mainzer; Mark Larsen; Maryn G. Stapelbroek; Henry Hogue; James Garnett; Majid Zandian; Reed Mattson; Stacy Masterjohn; John Livingston; Nicole Lingner; Natali Alster; Michael Ressler; Frank Masci
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Paper Abstract

The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer is a NASA Midex mission launching in late 2009 that will survey the entire sky at 3.3, 4.7, 12, and 23 microns (PI: Ned Wright, UCLA). Its primary scientific goals are to find the nearest stars (actually most likely to be brown dwarfs) and the most luminous galaxies in the universe. WISE uses three dichroic beamsplitters to take simultaneous images in all four bands using four 1024×1024 detector arrays. The 3.3 and 4.7 micron channels use HgCdTe arrays, and the 12 and 23 micron bands employ Si:As arrays. In order to make a 1024×1024 Si:As array, a new multiplexer had to be designed and produced. The HgCdTe arrays were developed by Teledyne Imaging Systems, and the Si:As array were made by DRS. All four flight arrays have been delivered to the WISE payload contractor, Space Dynamics Laboratory. We present initial ground-based characterization results for the WISE arrays, including measurements of read noise, dark current, flat field and latent image performance, etc. These characterization data will be useful in producing the final WISE data product, an all-sky image atlas and source catalog.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7021, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy III, 70210X (22 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789585
Show Author Affiliations
Amy Mainzer, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Mark Larsen, Space Dynamics Lab., Utah State Univ. (United States)
Maryn G. Stapelbroek, DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems (United States)
Henry Hogue, DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems (United States)
James Garnett, Teledyne Imaging Sensors (United States)
Majid Zandian, Teledyne Imaging Sensors (United States)
Reed Mattson, MOSET Corp. (United States)
Stacy Masterjohn, DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems (United States)
John Livingston, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Nicole Lingner, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Natali Alster, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Michael Ressler, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Frank Masci, California Insitute of Technology (United States)


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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