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The test of the 10k x 10k CCD for Antarctic Survey Telescopes (AST3)
Author(s): Bin Ma; Zhaohui Shang; Lifan Wang; Kasey Boggs; Yi Hu; Qiang Liu; Qian Song; Suijian Xue
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Paper Abstract

A 10k x 10k single-chip CCD camera was installed on the first Antarctic Survey Telescope (AST3-1) at Dome A, Antarctica in January 2012. The pixel size is 9 μm, corresponding to 1 arcsec on the focal plane. The CCD runs without shutter but in frame transfer mode, and is cooled by thermoelectric cooler (TEC) to take advantage of the low air temperature at Dome A. We tested the performance of the camera in detail, including the gain, linearity, readout noise, dark current, charge transfer efficiency, etc. As this camera is designed to work at Dome A, where the lowest air temperature could go down to −80°C in winter, we tested to cool not only the CCD chip but also the controller which usually is operated at normal temperatures for ground-based telescopes. We found that the performance of the camera changes a little when the controller is cooled.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84466R (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.927098
Show Author Affiliations
Bin Ma, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Zhaohui Shang, Tianjin Normal Univ. (China)
National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Lifan Wang, Purple Mountain Observatory (China)
Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Kasey Boggs, Semiconductor Technology Associates (United States)
Yi Hu, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Qiang Liu, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Qian Song, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Suijian Xue, National Astronomical Observatories (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8446:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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