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Multianode Microchannel Array Detectors For Space Shuttle Imaging Applications
Author(s): J. Gethyn Timothy; Richard L. Bybee
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Paper Abstract

The Multi-Anode Microchannel Arrays (MAMAs) are a family of photoelectric, photon-counting array detectors that have been developed and qualified specifically for use in space. MAMA detectors with formats as large as 256 x 1024 pixels are now in use or under construction for a variety of imaging and tracking applications. These photo-emissive detectors can be operated in a windowless configuration at extreme ultraviolet and soft x-ray wavelengths or in a sealed configuration at ultraviolet and visible wavelengths. The construction and modes-of-operation of the MAMA detectors are briefly described and the scientific objectives of a number of sounding rocket and Space Shuttle instruments utilizing these detectors are outlined. Performance characteristics of the MAMA detectors that are of fundamental importances for operation in the Space Shuttle environment are described and compared with those of the photo-conductive array detectors such as the CCDs and CIDs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 April 1981
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 0265, Shuttle Pointing of Electro-Optical Experiments, (3 April 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.959858
Show Author Affiliations
J. Gethyn Timothy, University of Colorado (United States)
Richard L. Bybee, Ball Aerospace Systems Division (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0265:
Shuttle Pointing of Electro-Optical Experiments
William Jerkovsky, Editor(s)

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