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22 September 2015 Characterization of Euclid-like H2RG IR detectors for the NISP instrument
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The success of the Euclid's NISP (Near-Infrared Spectro-Photometer) instrument for the Euclid mission requires very high performance detectors for which tight specifications have been defined. These must be verified over more than 95% of the focal plane which is equipped with 16 H2RG infrared pixel detectors. Teledyne will provide these detectors and their electronics under ESA and NASA contracts. The detectors will be selected, qualified then delivered to the NISP instrument under Euclid specifications. To prepare the future calibration plan, these detectors must also be fully characterized at the pixel level before their integration. This characterization is crucial to the future processing and in-flight calibration. For a good control of the performance, the detector specifications for Euclid require in one hand to know some characteristics such as noise and dark current at a level as low as 10-3 e- /s , but also in other hand, require to have model of some specific properties of these detectors such as their non-linearity response, or their latency signals, which will imply specific measurements, characterization and studies. For this purpose, we have constructed dedicated facilities, and prepared a full test plan with adapted analysis methods and software tools that will be used to calibrate flight detectors. Here we describe the status of this plan, the facilities and their validation. We then present some preliminary results on dark current, total noise, CDS noise and some first estimations of persistence, using high performance engineering grade Euclid detectors provided by ESA. A pilot run is foreseen at the end of the year to validate the full test plan. Next step will be the characterization of flight detectors expected to start mid 2016.
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B. Serra, A. Secroun, J-C. Clémens, P. Lagier, M. Niclas, L. Caillat, J. Rodriguez-Ferreira, W. Gillard, A. Tilquin, A. Ealet, R. Barbier, B. Kubik, G. Smadja, S. Ferriol, E. Prieto, T. Maciaszek, and A. Norup Sorensen "Characterization of Euclid-like H2RG IR detectors for the NISP instrument", Proc. SPIE 9602, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VII, 96020G (22 September 2015);

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