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Cryogenic characterization of LEDs for space application
Author(s): Jérôme Carron; Anne Philippon; Lip Sun How; Audrey Delbergue; Sahar Hassanzadeh; David Cillierre; Pascale Danto; Mathieu Boutillier
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Paper Abstract

In the frame of EUCLID project, the Calibration Unit of the VIS (VISible Imager) instrument must provide an accurate and well characterized light source for in-flight instrument calibration without noise when it is switched off. The Calibration Unit consists of a set of LEDs emitting at various wavelengths in the visible towards an integrating sphere. The sphere’s output provides a uniform illumination over the entire focal plane. Nine references of LEDs from different manufacturers were selected, screened and qualified under cryogenic conditions. Testing this large quantity of samples led to the implementation of automated testing equipment with complete in-situ monitoring of optoelectronic parameters as well as temperature and vacuum values. All the electrical and optical parameters of the LED have been monitored and recorded at ambient and cryogenic temperatures. These results have been compiled in order to show the total deviation of the LED electrical and electro-optical properties in the whole mission and to select the best suitable LED references for the mission. This qualification has demonstrated the robustness of COTS LEDs to operate at low cryogenic temperatures and in the space environment. Then 6 wavelengths were selected and submitted to an EMC sensitivity test at room and cold temperature by counting the number of photons when LEDs drivers are OFF. Characterizations were conducted in the full frequency spectrum in order to implement solutions at system level to suppress the emission of photons when the LED drivers are OFF. LEDs impedance was also characterized at room temperature and cold temperature.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 September 2017
PDF: 20 pages
Proc. SPIE 10378, Sixteenth International Conference on Solid State Lighting and LED-based Illumination Systems, 1037805 (6 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2272409
Show Author Affiliations
Jérôme Carron, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Anne Philippon, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (France)
Lip Sun How, AdvEOTec (France)
Audrey Delbergue, AdvEOTec (France)
Sahar Hassanzadeh, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (France)
David Cillierre, AdvEOTec (France)
Pascale Danto, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
Mathieu Boutillier, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10378:
Sixteenth International Conference on Solid State Lighting and LED-based Illumination Systems
Nikolaus Dietz; Ian T. Ferguson, Editor(s)

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