20 May 2011 Performance of the QWIP focal plane arrays for NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission
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The focal plane assembly for the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) instrument on NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) consists of three 512 x 640 GaAs Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector (QWIP) arrays. The three arrays are precisely mounted and aligned on a silicon carrier substrate to provide a continuous viewing swath of 1850 pixels in two spectral bands defined by filters placed in close proximity to the detector surfaces. The QWIP arrays are hybridized to Indigo ISC9803 readout integrated circuits (ROICs). QWIP arrays were evaluated from four laboratories; QmagiQ, (Nashua, NH), Army Research Laboratory, (Adelphi, MD), NASA/ Goddard Space Flight Center, (Greenbelt, MD) and Thales, (Palaiseau, France). All were found to be suitable. The final discriminating parameter was the spectral uniformity of individual pixels relative to each other. The performance of the QWIP arrays and the fully assembled, NASA flight-qualified, focal plane assembly will be reviewed. An overview of the focal plane assembly including the construction and test requirements of the focal plane will also be described.
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M. Jhabvala, K. Choi, A. Waczynski, A. La, M. Sundaram, E. Costard, C. Jhabvala, E. Kan, D. Kahle, R. Foltz, N. Boehm, M. Hickey, J. Sun, T. Adachi, N. Costen, L. Hess, H. Facoetti, and M. Montanaro "Performance of the QWIP focal plane arrays for NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission", Proc. SPIE 8012, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVII, 80120Q (20 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.886274; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.886274


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