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12 December 1979 Infrared Focal Plane Arrays For Planetary Missions
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Requirements for infrared detector array focal planes suitable for a set of prospective planetary missions are developed. Using the Galileo mission to Jupiter as a starting point, objectives and constraints applicable to outer planet missions are developed. The concept for an advanced mapping spectrometer utilizing 128 x 128 element infrared detector arrays is described. Specific implementations for the Saturn Orbiter Dual Probe mission, a Mars Orbiter mission, and a Titan Orbiter mission are defined. The analysis indicates that within the 1 to 5 μm range, broad scientific objectives for these missions can be met using focal plane arrays with detectivities on the order of 101 cm Hz 1/2 W-1. The realization of such high detectivities in a low background application will necessitate careful development of the method by which the detector signals are multiplexed and read out.
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John B. Wellman "Infrared Focal Plane Arrays For Planetary Missions", Proc. SPIE 0203, Recent Advances in TV Sensors and Systems, (12 December 1979);

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