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EMCCDs for space applications
Author(s): David R. Smith; David M Walton; Richard Ingley; Andrew D. Holland; Mark Cropper; Peter Pool
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a qualification programme for Electron-Multiplication Charge Coupled Devices (EMCCDs) for use in space applications. While the presented results are generally applicable, the programme was carried out in the context of CCD development for the Radial Velocity Spectrometer (RVS) instrument on the European Space Agency's cornerstone Gaia mission. We discuss the issues of device radiation tolerance, charge transfer efficiency at low signal levels and life time effects on the electron-multiplication gain. The development of EMCCD technology to allow operation at longer wavelengths using high resistivity silicon, and the cryogenic characterisation of EMCCDs are also described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 June 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6276, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy II, 62760K (15 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671368
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David R. Smith, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
David M Walton, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
Richard Ingley, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
Andrew D. Holland, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
Mark Cropper, Mullard Space Science Lab. (United Kingdom)
Peter Pool, e2v technologies ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6276:
High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy II
David A. Dorn; Andrew D. Holland, Editor(s)

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