4k×4k detectors for astronomy

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Large format imaging detectors are required in many modern astronomical optical systems. With the increase in aperture size of large telescopes, the associated cameras for imaging and spectroscopy are much larger than those of a decade ago. Large physical format detectors are required to make full use of these cameras. The detector of choice has been the charge coupled devices (CCDs), although large format 4k×4k CMOS imagers have also been fabricated. We discuss recent developments in 4k×4k pixel imagers, typically with 15 micron pixels, which are over 60 mm per side. Several companies have produced such devices with the characteristics required for astronomy. Backside processing issues are discussed, including results from optimization efforts at the University of Arizona Imaging Technology Laboratory. We also discuss the use of such imagers in the 8k×8k 90Prime prime focus mosaic camera now in operation at the Steward Observatory 2.3 m telescope.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsJ.D. Garnett, J.W. Beletic
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventOptical and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 21 2004Jun 22 2004


OtherOptical and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy
CountryUnited Kingdom



  • Astronomy
  • CCDs
  • Detectors
  • Imaging
  • Telescopes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Lesser, M. P. (2004). 4k×4k detectors for astronomy. In J. D. Garnett, & J. W. Beletic (Eds.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 5499, pp. 131-139). [09] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.551437