12 July 2018 TRL-5 EMCCD controller for space applications
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We present the progress in characterization of a Nuv¨ u Cam ¨ eras CCD Controller for Counting Photons ¯ (CCCP) designed for extreme low light imaging in space environment with the 1024×1024 Teledyne-e2V EMCCD detector (the CCD201-20). The EMCCD controller was designed using space qualified parts before being extensively tested in thermal vacuum. The performance test results include the readout noise, clock-induced charges, dark current, dynamic range and EM gain. We also discuss the CCCP’s integration in the coronagraph of the High-Contrast Imaging Balloon System project: a fine-pointing and optical payload for a future Canadian stratospheric balloon mission. This first space qualified EMCCD controller, named CCCPs, will enhance sensitivity of the future low-light imaging instruments for space applications such as the detection, characterization and imaging of exoplanets, search and monitoring of asteroids and space debris, UV imaging, and satellite tracking.
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Olivier Daigle, Olivier Daigle, Jérémy Turcotte, Jérémy Turcotte, Oleg Djazovski, Oleg Djazovski, Éric Gloutnay, Éric Gloutnay, Frédéric Grandmont, Frédéric Grandmont, James Veilleux, James Veilleux, Deven Patel, Deven Patel, Simon Thibault, Simon Thibault, } "TRL-5 EMCCD controller for space applications", Proc. SPIE 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 106986E (12 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312575; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2312575
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