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An Advanced Radial Camera For The Hubble Space Telescope
Author(s): R. E. Griffiths; H. R. Butcher; G. E. Dalnielson; A. Delamere; H. Ford; J. E. Gunn; J. P. Henry; J. G. Hoessel; G. Illingworth; R. Kron; C. Norman; H. Reitsema
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Paper Abstract

The development of large-format CCD arrays at Tektronix (Blouke, et al., 1985) has led to the proposal for such an array to be placed at the focus of the Hubble Space Telescope, where it will potentially become the workhorse of space astronomy during the 1990s. The characteristics of the Tektronix CCD make it a near-ideal focal plane detector for space astronomy in the 100 - 1000nm wavelength range: the large format (2048 x 2048 pixels) and 27um pixel size are closely matched to the HST resolution and field of view for the radial-bay; the low readout noise (goal -3 electrons rms) and large full well capacity (750,000 electrons) lead to a dynamic range which is orders of magnitude greater than the first-generation HST cameras; the quantum efficiency and overall throughput are close to theoretical limiting values; and the excellent charge transfer efficiency ensures that the near-ideal sensitivity limit of HST can be reached. The Advanced Radial Camera will greatly expand the capabilities of the first generation instruments on HST. It will allow the continuation of all programs begun with the first generation HST cameras, while enabling their completion on significantly shortened timescales.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 1986
PDF: 19 pages
Proc. SPIE 0627, Instrumentation in Astronomy VI, (13 October 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.968136
Show Author Affiliations
R. E. Griffiths, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
H. R. Butcher, University of Groningen (United States)
G. E. Dalnielson, California Institute of Technology (United States)
A. Delamere, Ball Aerospace Systems Division (United States)
H. Ford, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
J. E. Gunn, Princeton University (United States)
J. P. Henry, University of Hawaii (United States)
J. G. Hoessel, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
G. Illingworth, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
R. Kron, University of Chicago (United States)
C. Norman, Johns Hopkins University (United States)
H. Reitsema, Ball Aerospace Systems Division (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0627:
Instrumentation in Astronomy VI
David L. Crawford, Editor(s)

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