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EMCCD camera noise performance for the Brazilian tunable filter imager
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Paper Abstract

We present in this paper a performance characterization of an Electron Multiplication CCD (EMCCD) camera which has been deployed on the Brazilian Tunable Filter Imager (BTFI) instrument for the SOAR telescope in Chile. The BTFI instrument has two e2v CCD207 EMCCDs with a format of 1600-by-1600 pixels. The CCD207s are full-frame devices and are read out at a pixel rate of 10MHz with very low noise using an EMCCD controller (the CCD Controller for Counting Photons or CCCP for short) which was custom-built by a group based in the University of Montreal and is now commercialized by Nüvü Camēras. The first laboratory characterizations were done in Montreal in October, 2011 and the "first-light" results with the camera operating at the telescope are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8453, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy V, 84531U (25 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925188
Show Author Affiliations
Denis Andrade, Univ. de São Paulo (Brazil)
Olivier Daigle, Nüvü Caméras Inc. (Canada)
Bruno Quint, Univ. de São Paulo (Brazil)
Keith Taylor, Univ. de São Paulo (Brazil)
Claudia Mendes de Oliveira, Univ. de São Paulo (Brazil)
Javier Ramirez-Fernandez, Univ. de São Paulo (Brazil)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8453:
High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy V
Andrew D. Holland; James W. Beletic, Editor(s)

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