18 October 1996 Improving the performance of the GOES solar x-ray imager with a back-illuminated x-ray sensitive CCD
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NOAA has commissioned a solar x-ray imager to be built for use on the GOES spacecraft. The mission of the SXI is to provide soft x-ray imagery of the Sun. The current instrument design employs a microchannel plate detector stack to convert the incident x-rays to an electrically detectable signal. In this paper, we discuss the SXI performance improvements possible by replacing the detector with a back-illuminated, x-ray sensitive CCD fabricated using technology developed at MIT/LL. In addition to a description of the x-ray sensitive CCD, we discuss possible improvements in data quality, reduction in instrument mass and power requirements, and simplified instrument handling.
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Gregory D. Berthiaume, Gregory D. Berthiaume, Barry E. Burke, Barry E. Burke, James A. Gregory, James A. Gregory, Patricia L. Bornmann, Patricia L. Bornmann, } "Improving the performance of the GOES solar x-ray imager with a back-illuminated x-ray sensitive CCD", Proc. SPIE 2812, GOES-8 and Beyond, (18 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.254099; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.254099
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