In the frame work of the European Space Agency's Cosmic Vision program, the Euclid mission has the objective to map
the geometry of the Dark Universe. Galaxies and clusters of galaxies will be observed in the visible and near-infrared
wavelengths by an imaging and spectroscopic channel.
For the Near Infrared Spectrometer instrument (NISP), the state-of-the-art HAWAII-2RG detectors will be used,
associated with the SIDECAR ASIC readout electronic which will perform the image frame acquisitions.
To characterize and validate the performance of these detectors, a test bench has been designed, tested and validated.
This publication will present preliminary measurements on dark current, read noise, conversion gain and power
consumption, In summary, the following results have been obtained in our system: dark current of 0.014 e-/s/pixel at
82K; readout noise of 23 e- for a single CDS pair and 5.4e- for a Fowler(32); a total electric power consumption of 203
mW in LVDS (excluding I/O power) mode.
The SIDECAR ASIC has also been characterized separately at room temperature. Two references voltages,
VPreAmpRef1 and VrefMain, used to adjust the offset of the pre-amp DAC has been studied. The reset voltage, Vreset,
was measured to have a root mean square stability of 22μV over 15 minutes and a root mean square stability value of 24μV over a 15 hours measurement period. An offset between set value and measured value of around 60mV for low set
voltages has been noticed. The behavior of VPreAmpRef1 and VrefMain with a adjustable external input voltage has
been conducted in order to tune these two biases to cover the desired input range with the best linearity.