5 September 2017 The Sentinel-4 detectors: architecture and performance
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The Sentinel-4 instrument is an imaging spectrometer, developed by Airbus under ESA contract in the frame of the joint European Union (EU)/ESA COPERNICUS program. SENTINEL-4 will provide accurate measurements of trace gases from geostationary orbit, including key atmospheric constituents such as ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, formaldehyde, as well as aerosol and cloud properties. Key to achieving these atmospheric measurements are the two CCD detectors, covering the wavelengths in the ranges 305 nm to 500 nm (UVVIS) and 750 to 775 nm (NIR) respectively. The paper describes the architecture, and operation of these two CCD detectors, which have an unusually high full-well capacity and a very specific architecture and read-out sequence to match the requirements of the Sentinel- 4 instrument. The key performance aspects and their verification through measurement are presented, with a focus on an unusual, bi-modal dark signal generation rate observed during test.
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Michael P. Skegg, Markus Hermsen, Rüdiger Hohn, Christian Williges, Charles Woffinden, Yves Levillain, Ralf Reulke, "The Sentinel-4 detectors: architecture and performance", Proc. SPIE 10402, Earth Observing Systems XXII, 1040218 (5 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2274362; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2274362

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