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11 October 2019 Uniformity and stability of the LSST focal plane
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The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) focal plane consists of 21 autonomous modules [raft tower modules (RTMs)], each of which contains nine thick, fully depleted 4k  ×  4k CCDs with associated control and readout electronics. To enable LSST’s repetitive short-exposure cadence while maintaining high duty factor and low read noise, the readout is highly parallelized into 3024 independent video channels (16 per CCD and 144 per RTM). Two vendors supplied the LSST sensors; the devices have compatible mechanical and electrical interfaces and meet the same electro-optic specifications, but each RTM is constructed with sensors from a single supplier. The full complement of rafts was assembled at Brookhaven National Laboratory during January 2017 to January 2019. Each unit underwent extensive electro-optic and metrology characterization at operating temperature, the results of which are presented here along with a discussion of uniformity and stability.

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Paul O'Connor "Uniformity and stability of the LSST focal plane," Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems 5(4), 041508 (11 October 2019). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JATIS.5.4.041508
Received: 5 April 2019; Accepted: 16 September 2019; Published: 11 October 2019
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