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Radiation tolerant, photon counting, visible and near-IR detectors for space coronagraphs and starshades
Author(s): Bernard J. Rauscher; S. E. Holland; Laddawan R. Miko; Augustyn Waczynski
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Paper Abstract

Future space missions seeking evidence of life on exoplanets will demand better visible and near-infrared detectors than exist today. The desired detectors are both photon counting (to detect faint exoplanets) and radiation tolerant (for use in space). To address this, a team at NASA Space Flight Center and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is adding photon counting output amplifiers to LBNL's thick, fully depleted, p- channel CCDs and characterizing them for space astrophysics. We are developing two photon counting CCD concepts: (1) hole multiplying CCDs and (2) Skipper CCDs. This paper is the companion article to an SPIE conference poster. It closely follows the poster, although we have expanded the narrative somewhat to make it stand alone.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2019
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 11115, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IX, 111151E (9 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2536509
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Bernard J. Rauscher, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
S. E. Holland, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Laddawan R. Miko, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Augustyn Waczynski, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11115:
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IX
Allison A. Barto; James B. Breckinridge; H. Philip Stahl, Editor(s)

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