EMCCDs for space applications


Conference Paper

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Smith, DR; Walton, DM; Ingley, R; Holland, AD; Cropper, M; Pool, P

Published Date

  • October 17, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 6276 /

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0277-786X

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 0819463418

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780819463418

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1117/12.671368

Citation Source

  • Scopus