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Improving the performance of the GOES solar x-ray imager with a back-illuminated x-ray sensitive CCD
Author(s): Gregory D. Berthiaume; Barry E. Burke; James A. Gregory; Patricia L. Bornmann
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Paper Abstract

NOAA has commissioned a solar x-ray imager to be built for use on the GOES spacecraft. The mission of the SXI is to provide soft x-ray imagery of the Sun. The current instrument design employs a microchannel plate detector stack to convert the incident x-rays to an electrically detectable signal. In this paper, we discuss the SXI performance improvements possible by replacing the detector with a back-illuminated, x-ray sensitive CCD fabricated using technology developed at MIT/LL. In addition to a description of the x-ray sensitive CCD, we discuss possible improvements in data quality, reduction in instrument mass and power requirements, and simplified instrument handling.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 1996
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2812, GOES-8 and Beyond, (18 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.254099
Show Author Affiliations
Gregory D. Berthiaume, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Barry E. Burke, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
James A. Gregory, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Patricia L. Bornmann, Space Environment Ctr./NOAA (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2812:
GOES-8 and Beyond
Edward R. Washwell, Editor(s)

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