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3 October 2006 Focal plane electronics for the GAIA focal plane demonstrator
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The GAIA mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) comprises two Astro telescopes with a very large common focal plane. The focal plane assembly consist of about 180 CCDs and accompanying video chains. The CCDs are operating in a TDI mode with complex windowing- and binning modes. Low noise, large dynamic range, linearity are mandatory for success of the Mission. Therefore, ESA has initiated a technology demonstrator, which should demonstrate the technical feasibility. Astrium-SAS in Toulouse and DLR-IPF in Berlin have successfully performed the study, in which DLR has developed the CCD- video electronics and the Interconnection Modules for the Focal Plane Demonstrator. The requirements, the conceptional design and the results are presented in this paper.
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Harald Michaelis, Thomas Behnke, Alexander Lichopoj, and Michael Solbrig "Focal plane electronics for the GAIA focal plane demonstrator", Proc. SPIE 6361, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites X, 63611B (3 October 2006);


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