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18 December 2002 Qualification status of the stressed photoconductor arrays for the PACS instrument aboard Herschel
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The photoconductor detector arrays for the PACS instrument (Photoconductor Array Camera and Spectrometer) aboard the future ESA telescope Herschel have been developed during the engineering phase in 1999. In early 2000 the construction of the qualification models began for both, the highly and low stressed Ge:Ga arrays, which consist of 12 linear modules each. These two types of photoconductor arrays are dedicated for different wavelengths bands in the spectrometer section of the instrument. While the performance of a few engineering arrays has been studied and presented earlier, additional data are meanwhile available on the absolute responsivity and quantum efficiency of the detectors. Furthermore, experience has been obtained during manufacture of a larger series of arrays giving better statistics on performance aspects, such as uniformity of the cutoff wavelengths and of the responsivity or the maximum stress obtainable within such arrays. Considerable progress has also been made in the development and manufacture of the 4 Kelvin Cold Read-out Electronics (CRE), which will integrate and multiplex the signals generated in each linear array with its 16 detector pixels. Manufacture of the detector arrays for the qualification model is scheduled to be completed by this summer, and manufacture of the flight model has already started. The qualification model will be delivered to the test facilities, where absolute spectral performance of the 24 linear modules will be determined. In this paper we give a summary of the related activities and results as obtained during manufacturing and testing.
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Hilmar Richter, Patrick Merken, Y. Creten, J. Putzeys, Chris A. Van Hoof, Reinhard O. Katterloher, Dirk Rosenthal, M. Rumitz, Ulrich Groezinger, Ralph Hofferbert, Jeffrey W. Beeman, and Stefan Kraft "Qualification status of the stressed photoconductor arrays for the PACS instrument aboard Herschel", Proc. SPIE 4818, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing X, (18 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.453906; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.453906
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