6 September 2017 Cryogenic characterization of LEDs for space application
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In the frame of EUCLID project, the Calibration Unit of the VIS (VISible Imager) instrument must provide an accurate and well characterized light source for in-flight instrument calibration without noise when it is switched off. The Calibration Unit consists of a set of LEDs emitting at various wavelengths in the visible towards an integrating sphere. The sphere’s output provides a uniform illumination over the entire focal plane. Nine references of LEDs from different manufacturers were selected, screened and qualified under cryogenic conditions. Testing this large quantity of samples led to the implementation of automated testing equipment with complete in-situ monitoring of optoelectronic parameters as well as temperature and vacuum values. All the electrical and optical parameters of the LED have been monitored and recorded at ambient and cryogenic temperatures. These results have been compiled in order to show the total deviation of the LED electrical and electro-optical properties in the whole mission and to select the best suitable LED references for the mission. This qualification has demonstrated the robustness of COTS LEDs to operate at low cryogenic temperatures and in the space environment. Then 6 wavelengths were selected and submitted to an EMC sensitivity test at room and cold temperature by counting the number of photons when LEDs drivers are OFF. Characterizations were conducted in the full frequency spectrum in order to implement solutions at system level to suppress the emission of photons when the LED drivers are OFF. LEDs impedance was also characterized at room temperature and cold temperature.
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Jérôme Carron, Jérôme Carron, Anne Philippon, Anne Philippon, Lip Sun How, Lip Sun How, Audrey Delbergue, Audrey Delbergue, Sahar Hassanzadeh, Sahar Hassanzadeh, David Cillierre, David Cillierre, Pascale Danto, Pascale Danto, Mathieu Boutillier, Mathieu Boutillier, } "Cryogenic characterization of LEDs for space application", Proc. SPIE 10378, Sixteenth International Conference on Solid State Lighting and LED-based Illumination Systems, 1037805 (6 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2272409; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2272409

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