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Design Of The Focal Plane Array Assembly For The Mars Observer/Visual And Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (MO/VIMS)
Author(s): Curtiss A Niblack; Thomas G. Evans; J. Brian Toft; Craig Staller
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Paper Abstract

A unique focal plane array (FPA) assembly combining both electronic and optical components in a single hermetically sealed hybrid package has been designed by Cincinnati Electronics Corporation to meet the performance requirements imposed on the focal plane assembly in the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) for the Mars Observer (MO) mission. Inside the FPA package is a configuration of three multiplexed linear arrays containing 320 detector elements, a combination of silicon and indium antimonide (InSb), allowing continuous spectral coverage from 0.35 to 5.14 microns. An optical subassembly consisting of two spectral order-sorting filters with intrinsic field-of-view apertures requiring critical optical alignment is also internal to the hybrid. Several engineering issues arose during the MO/VIMS FPA development phase which had challenging design ramifications. FPA performance requirements, design approach, and critical issues are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 1988
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 0973, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments III, (27 April 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.948374
Show Author Affiliations
Curtiss A Niblack, Cincinnati Electronics Corporation (United States)
Thomas G. Evans, Cincinnati Electronics Corporation (United States)
J. Brian Toft, Cincinnati Electronics Corporation (United States)
Craig Staller, California Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0973:
Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments III
Ramsey K. Melugin; Warren G. Pierce, Editor(s)

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