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The European Southern Observatory (ESO) Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) Camera System
Author(s): P. Crane; A. Rose; P. Schabel
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the CCD camera system that is currently operating at ESO, the performance characteristics of this camera, and presents some test results. The system has been developed with the philosophy that it will be important to be able to utilize a wide variety of CCD chips since chip development is proceeding rapidly. Thus, the system is based around a μ-processor, programmable in FORTH, which allows a areat deal of flexibility in driving the CCD chip. One feature of interest is the ability to do on chip summing of adjacent pixels. Test results in the laboratory used a thinned, special version of the RCA SID 52501 chip are encouraging, but the chip itself is far from optimized, having about 80 electrons/pixel of noise. However, this is considered sufficient for many direct imaging applications where sky noise will dominate.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1981
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0290, Solid-State Imagers for Astronomy, (1 January 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.965846
Show Author Affiliations
P. Crane, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
A. Rose, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
P. Schabel, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0290:
Solid-State Imagers for Astronomy
John C. Geary; David W. Latham, Editor(s)

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