The impact of low energy proton damage on the operational characteristics of EPIC-MOS CCDs


Journal Article

The University of Tübingen 3.5 MeV Van de Graaff accelerator facility was used to investigate the effect of low-energy protons on the performance of the European Photon Imaging Camera, metal-oxide-semiconductor, charge-coupled devices (CCDs). Two CCDs were irradiated in different parts of their detecting areas using different proton spectra and dose rates. Iron-55 was the calibration source in all cases and was used to measure any increases in charge transfer inefficiency (CTI) and spectral resolution of the CCDs. Additional changes in the CCD bright pixel table and changes in the low X-ray energy response of the device were examined. The Monte Carlo code Stopping Range of Ions in Matter was used to model the effect of a 10 MeV equivalent fluence of protons interacting with the CCD. Since the non-ionising energy loss function could not be applied effectively at such low proton energies. From the 10 MeV values, the expected CTI degradation could be calculated and then compared to the measured CTI changes. © 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ambrosi, RM; Smith, DR; Abbey, AF; Hutchinson, IB; Kendziorra, E; Short, A; Holland, A; Turner, MJL; Wells, A

Published Date

  • June 1, 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 207 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 175 - 185

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0168-583X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0168-583X(03)00832-2

Citation Source

  • Scopus