High efficiency CCD detectors at UV wavelengths

Erika T. Hamden, April D. Jewell, Samuel Gordon, John Hennessy, Michael E. Hoenk, Shouleh Nikzad, David Schiminovich, D. Christopher Martin

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

6 Scopus citations


The Faint Intergalactic Redshifted Emission Balloon (FIREBall) is a NASA/CNES balloon-borne ultraviolet multi-object spectrograph designed to observe the diffuse gas around galaxies (the circumgalactic medium) via line emission redshifted to ∼205 nm. FIREBall uses a ultraviolet-optimized delta doped e2v CCD201 with a custom designed high efficiency five layer anti-reflection coating. This combination achieves very high quantum efficiency (QE) and photon-counting capability, a first for a CCD detector in this wavelength range. We also present new work on red blocking mirror coatings to reduce red leak.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014
Subtitle of host publicationUltraviolet to Gamma Ray
EditorsTadayuki Takahashi, Jan-Willem A. den Herder, Mark Bautz
ISBN (Electronic)9780819496126
StatePublished - Jul 24 2014
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Jun 22 2014Jun 26 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray


  • Anti-Reection Coatings
  • Red Blocking
  • Thin Films
  • Ultraviolet
  • delta doping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


Dive into the research topics of 'High efficiency CCD detectors at UV wavelengths'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this