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Characterization of a photon-counting intensified active pixel sensor (PC-IAPS): preliminary results
Author(s): Michela C. Uslenghi; Giovanni Bonanno; Massimiliano Belluso; Angelo Modica; Paolo Bergamini
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Paper Abstract

We report about preliminary results of the characterization of a new kind of MCP-based detector: a Photon Counting Intensified Active Pixel Sensor (APS). PC-IAPS appears as the natural evolution of the Intensified CCD, maintaining the basic characteristics, but with improved performance in terms of dynamic range, along with some other appealing properties: higher radiation hardness, more compact design, lower requirements on the external electronics, low power consumption. The prototype we realized is currently in an early stage of development. Nevertheless, it allows us to demonstrate the feasibility of the photon counter and to measure some of the basic parameters. Some of the characteristics of the APS, relevant to the use in intensified systems, are analyzed and compared with the CCD ones, demonstrating the potentiality of the new device and allowing us to set the basis of future development.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 December 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4498, UV/EUV and Visible Space Instrumentation for Astronomy and Solar Physics, (10 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.450055
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Michela C. Uslenghi, CNR di Milano (Italy)
Giovanni Bonanno, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania (Italy)
Massimiliano Belluso, Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania (Italy)
Angelo Modica, Xilinx Ireland (Ireland)
Paolo Bergamini, Corning s.r.l. (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4498:
UV/EUV and Visible Space Instrumentation for Astronomy and Solar Physics
Oswald H. W. Siegmund; Silvano Fineschi; Mark A. Gummin, Editor(s)

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