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Development of an SWIR multispectral detector for GMES/Sentinel-2
Author(s): Aurélien Dariel; Philippe Chorier; Cédric Leroy; Alexandre Maltère; Véronique Bourrillon; Bertrand Terrier; Marianne Molina; Françoise Martino
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Paper Abstract

Within the European Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) program, the Sentinel-2 mission will provide multi-spectral observations of the Earth surface. The Multi-Spectral Instrument (MSI) developed by Astrium, on board the Sentinel-2 satellite, includes a SWIR channel. Sofradir is in charge of the development, qualification and manufacturing of the infrared detector basis of this SWIR channel. This development relies on Sofradir heritage in terms of design and production of infrared detectors for space applications, and is based on the building blocks validated by Sofradir in the frame of ESA breadboarding program for SWIR hyper-spectral detector development. What's more, the detector relies on the use of a high reliability 15 μm pitch hybrid Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT) technology. Each Sentinel-2 SWIR detector (12 detectors/instrument x 2 satellites) is comprised of an MCT elementary detector including 3 detection lines with a length of 1298 pixels with 15 μm pitch for detection in the 1.3-2.3 μm range, and is integrated into a compact sealed package filled with helium. This device will be used in the 170-200K range. This paper describes the design of the Sentinel-2 SWIR detector. It also presents the performances and the first tests carried out on representative models.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7474, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIII, 747416 (22 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.830703
Show Author Affiliations
Aurélien Dariel, SOFRADIR (France)
Philippe Chorier, SOFRADIR (France)
Cédric Leroy, SOFRADIR (France)
Alexandre Maltère, SOFRADIR (France)
Véronique Bourrillon, SOFRADIR (France)
Bertrand Terrier, SOFRADIR (France)
Marianne Molina, SOFRADIR (France)
Françoise Martino, SOFRADIR (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7474:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIII
Roland Meynart; Steven P. Neeck; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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