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Successful evaluation for space applications of the 2048x1080 DMD
Author(s): Frederic Zamkotsian; Patrick Lanzoni; Emmanuel Grassi; Rudy Barette; Christophe Fabron; Kyrre Tangen; Luca Valenziano; Laurent Marchand; Ludovic Duvet
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Paper Abstract

Next-generation infrared multi-object spectrographs (MOS) for ground-based and space telescopes could be based on MOEMS programmable slit masks. This astronomical technique is used extensively to investigate the formation and evolution of galaxies. ESA has engaged a study for a technical assessment of using a DMD from Texas Instruments for space applications. The DMD features 2048 × 1080 mirrors on a 13.68μm pitch, where each mirror can be independently switched between an ON (+12°) position and an OFF (-12°) position. For MOS applications in space, the device should work in vacuum, at low temperature, and each MOS exposure would last for typically 1500s with micromirrors held in a static state (either ON or OFF). A specific thermal/vacuum test chamber has been developed for test conditions down to -40°C at 10-5 mbar vacuum. Imaging capability for resolving each micromirror has also been developed for determining degradation in any single mirror. Our first tests reveal that the DMD remains fully operational at -40°C and in vacuum. A 1038 hours life test in space conditions, Total Ionizing Dose radiation, thermal cycling and vibrations/shocks have also been successfully completed. These results do not reveal any concerns regarding the ability of the DMD to meet environmental space requirements. Detailed analysis of micromirror throughputs has also been studied for a whole set of tests, and shows a rather low variation and no impact of the space environment. We have also developed a bench for MOS demonstration using MOEMS devices. DMD chip has been successfully tested revealing good contrast values as well as good functionality for applying any mask pattern, demonstrating its full ability for space instrumentation, especially in multi-object spectroscopy applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 February 2011
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7932, Emerging Digital Micromirror Device Based Systems and Applications III, 79320A (11 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.876872
Show Author Affiliations
Frederic Zamkotsian, Lab. d'Astrophyique de Marseille, CNRS (France)
Patrick Lanzoni, Lab. d'Astrophyique de Marseille, CNRS (France)
Emmanuel Grassi, Lab. d'Astrophyique de Marseille, CNRS (France)
Rudy Barette, Lab. d'Astrophyique de Marseille, CNRS (France)
Christophe Fabron, Lab. d'Astrophyique de Marseille, CNRS (France)
Kyrre Tangen, Visitech AS (Norway)
Luca Valenziano, INAF/IASF Bologna (Italy)
Laurent Marchand, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Ludovic Duvet, European Space Agency (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7932:
Emerging Digital Micromirror Device Based Systems and Applications III
Michael R. Douglass; Patrick I. Oden, Editor(s)

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