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8 April 1998 Photoconductor arrays for a spectral-photometric far-infrared camera on SOFIA
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The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, is a joint US and German project and will start observations from altitudes up to 45,000 ft in late 2001. The 2.5 m telescope is being developed in Germany while the 747- aircraft modifications and preparation of the observatory's operations center is done by a US consortium. Several research institutions and universities of both countries have started to develop science instruments. The DLR Institute of Space Sensor Technology in Berlin plans on a spectral-photometric camera working in the 20 to 220 micrometers wavelength range, using doped silicon and germanium extrinsic photoconductors in large, 2D arrays: silicon blocked-impurity band detectors, Ge:Ga and stressed Ge:Ga. While the silicon array will be commercially available, the germanium arrays have to be developed, including their cryogenic multiplexers. Partner institutions in Germany and the US will support the development of the instrument and its observations.
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Juergen Wolf, Hans Driescher, Josef Schubert, David Rabanus, E. Paul, and K. Roesner "Photoconductor arrays for a spectral-photometric far-infrared camera on SOFIA", Proc. SPIE 3287, Photodetectors: Materials and Devices III, (8 April 1998);


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