CCD detectors for the advanced camera for surveys

Marco Sirianni, Mark Clampin, George F. Hartig, Holland C. Ford, David A. Golimowski, Garth Illingworth, Pam Sullivan, Morley Blouke, Michael Lesser, Bill Burmester, Ron Schrein, Randy Kimble

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The Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) is a third generation science instrument scheduled for installation into the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) during the servicing mission 3B scheduled for June 2001. The instrument has three different cameras, each of which is optimized for a specific set of science goals. The first, the Wide Field Camera, will be a high throughput (approx. 44% at 700nm, including the HST OTA), wide field (202 inches × 202 inches) optical and I-band optimized camera that is half-critically sampled at approx. 570nm. The second, the High Resolution Channel (HRC) has a 26 inches × 29 inches field of view, it is optimized for the near-UV (approx. 24% at 2500 nm including the HST OTA) and is critically sampled at approx. 630 nm. The third camera, the Solar-Blind Camera (SBC) is a far-ultraviolet, photon counting array that has a relatively high throughput (approx. 6% at 121.6 nm) over a 26 inches × 29 inches field of view. Two of the three cameras employ CCD detectors: the WFC a mosaic of two SITe 2048×4096 pixel CCDs and the HRC a 1024×1024 CCD based on the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) 21 μm pixel CCD. In this paper we review the performances of the devices baselined as flight candidates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)I/-
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2000
EventConference on Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors - Munich, Ger
Duration: Mar 27 2000Mar 31 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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