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Focal plane array for the GERB instrument
Author(s): Nick Nelms; Gillian I. Butcher; Oliver Blake; Richard Cole; Christopher Whitford; Andrew D. Holland
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Paper Abstract

The Geostationary Earth Radiation Budget (GERB) instrument is an Earth observing scientific payload launched on-board the European Space Agency Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) satellite in September 2002. The instrument measures reflected and emitted radiation in two wavebands, 0.3 - 4 μm and 4 - 30 μm. The focal plane consists of a 256-element thermoelectric linear array operating at ~300 K and four application specific integrated circuits (ASIC) providing parallel amplification, filtering and digitisation. This paper describes in detail the design, operation and performance of the GERB focal plane array.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 February 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5251, Detectors and Associated Signal Processing, (19 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.517153
Show Author Affiliations
Nick Nelms, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Gillian I. Butcher, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Oliver Blake, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Richard Cole, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Christopher Whitford, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Andrew D. Holland, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5251:
Detectors and Associated Signal Processing
Jean-Pierre Chatard; Peter N. J. Dennis, Editor(s)

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