29 July 2016 Technology validation of the PLATO CCD at ESA
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PLATO { PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars { is the third medium-class mission to be selected in the European Space Agency (ESA) Science and Robotic Exploration Cosmic Vision programme. Due for launch in 2025, the payload makes use of a large format (8 cm x 8 cm) Charge-Coupled Devices (CCDs) the e2v CCD270 operated at 4 MHz. The manufacture of such large device in large quantity constitutes an unprecedented effort. To de-risk the PLATO CCD procurement and aid the mission definition process, ESA's Payload Technology Validation team is characterizing the electro-optical performance of a number of PLATO devices before and after proton irradiation.
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Thibaut Prod'homme, Peter Verhoeve, Thierry Beaufort, Ludovic Duvet, Frederic Lemmel, Hans Smit, Sander Blommaert, Tim Oosterbroek, Cornelis van der Luijt, Ivo Visser, Jerko Heijnen, Bart Butler, "Technology validation of the PLATO CCD at ESA", Proc. SPIE 9915, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy VII, 99150U (29 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231598; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2231598


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