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PN-CCD camera for XMM and ABRIXAS: design of the camera system
Author(s): Elmar Pfeffermann; Heinrich W. Braeuninger; Edgar Bihler; Ulrich G. Briel; Horst Hippmann; Peter Holl; Josef Kemmer; Eckhard Kendziorra; Guenther Kettenring; Baerbel Kretschmar; Markus Kuster; Norbert Meidinger; Gerd Metzner; Bernhard Pflueger; Claus Reppin; Heike Soltau; Karl-Heinz Stephan; Lothar Strueder; Joachim E. Truemper; Christoph von Zanthier
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Paper Abstract

The pn-Charge Coupled Device (pn-CCD) camera was developed as one of the focal plane instruments for the European Photon Imaging Camera on board the x-ray multi mirror mission. An identical camera was foreseen on board ABRIXAS, a German x-ray satellite. The pn-CCD camera is an imaging x- ray detector for single photon counting, operating at a temperature below -80 degrees C. Due to a 0.3 mm depletion depth of the CCDs, the detector has a high quantum efficiency up to 15 keV. The effective area of the instrument is 6 cm X 6 cm with 12 CCDs monolithically integrated on a single silicon wafer. The camera includes a filter wheel with different filters for suppression of optical and UV light. A radioactive source provides an in- orbit calibration. In this paper we give an overview of the mechanical, thermal and electrical design of the instrument and a description of different readout and test modes. More detailed information about the performance and calibration of the instrument can be found in companion papers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 October 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3765, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy X, (22 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.366499
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Elmar Pfeffermann, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Heinrich W. Braeuninger, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Edgar Bihler, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)
Ulrich G. Briel, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Horst Hippmann, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Peter Holl, KETEK GmbH (Germany)
Josef Kemmer, KETEK GmbH (Germany)
Eckhard Kendziorra, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)
Guenther Kettenring, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Baerbel Kretschmar, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)
Markus Kuster, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)
Norbert Meidinger, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Gerd Metzner, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Bernhard Pflueger, Eberhard-Karls-Univ. Tuebingen (Germany)
Claus Reppin, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Heike Soltau, KETEK GmbH (Germany)
Karl-Heinz Stephan, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Lothar Strueder, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Joachim E. Truemper, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Christoph von Zanthier, KETEK GmbH (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3765:
EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy X
Oswald H. W. Siegmund; Kathryn A. Flanagan, Editor(s)

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