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Ccds: Their Cause and CureCharge coupled devices (CCDs) have opened new horizons in the optical astronomy. Most of the presently existing astronomical CCD systems are oriented and designed primarily for work on faint objects. The use of CCDs for high precision work on bright objects remains to be explored. Issues and problems specific to (CCDs) are covered in detail. The important structural characteristics of CCDs are that they are integrating, self scanned, photon counting (one selection for each detected photon), solid state devices. The typical physical sizes are of the order of 1 - 3 cm, and typical raster formats of 500x500 pixels (TI), 320x512 (RCA), 385x576 (GEC), 800x800 (TI), and 1500x1500 (GEC) should be available soon. Typical (and optimal) operating temperatures are around -100 C, with liquid N2 as the most common coolant. Some CCDs are physically warped. This causes focus variations across the surface, which amount to a spatially variable PSF. Other relevant properties of CCDs as detectors and a comparison with some other astronomical detectors are given.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Djorgovski, S.
(California Univ. Berkeley, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Ames Research Center Proc. of the Workshop on Improvements to Photometry
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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