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Modelling radiation damage to ESA's Gaia satellite CCDs
Author(s): George Seabroke; Andrew Holland; Mark Cropper
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Paper Abstract

The Gaia satellite is a high-precision astrometry, photometry and spectroscopic ESA cornerstone mission, currently scheduled for launch in late 2011. Its primary science drivers are the composition, formation and evolution of the Galaxy. Gaia will not achieve its scientific requirements without detailed calibration and correction for radiation damage. Microscopic models of Gaia's CCDs are being developed to simulate the effect of radiation damage, charge trapping, which causes charge transfer inefficiency. The key to calculating the probability of a photoelectron being captured by a trap is the 3D electron density within each CCD pixel. However, this has not been physically modelled for Gaia CCD pixels. In this paper, the first of a series, we motivate the need for such specialised 3D device modelling and outline how its future results will fit into Gaia's overall radiation calibration strategy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7021, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy III, 70211P (22 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790968
Show Author Affiliations
George Seabroke, Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute, The Open Univ. (United Kingdom)
Andrew Holland, Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute, The Open Univ. (United Kingdom)
Mark Cropper, Mullard Space Science Lab., Univ. College London (United Kingdom)


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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