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Characterization of a Commercial, Front-Illuminated Interline Transfer CCD Camera for use as a Guide Camera on a Balloon-Borne Telescope

Clark, P.; Massey, R.; Chang, H.L.; Galloway, M.; Israel, H.; Jones, L.L.; Li, L.; Mandic, M.; Morris, T.; Netterfield, C.B.; Peacock, J.; Sharples, R.; Susca, S.

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Authors

P. Clark

H.L. Chang

M. Galloway

H. Israel

L.L. Jones

L. Li

M. Mandic

C.B. Netterfield

J. Peacock

S. Susca



Abstract

We report results obtained during the characterization of a commercial front-illuminated progressive scan interline transfer CCD camera. We demonstrate that the unmodified camera operates successfully in temperature and pressure conditions (-40°C, 4 mBar) representative of a high altitude balloon mission. We further demonstrate that the centroid of a well-sampled star can be determined to better than 2% of a pixel, even though the CCD is equipped with a microlens array. This device has been selected for use in a closed-loop star-guiding and tip-tilt correction system in the BIT-STABLE balloon mission.

Citation

Clark, P., Massey, R., Chang, H., Galloway, M., Israel, H., Jones, L., …Susca, S. (2014). Characterization of a Commercial, Front-Illuminated Interline Transfer CCD Camera for use as a Guide Camera on a Balloon-Borne Telescope. Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation, 3(2), Article 1440003. https://doi.org/10.1142/s2251171714400030

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 28, 2014
Online Publication Date Sep 23, 2014
Publication Date Sep 23, 2014
Deposit Date Oct 19, 2014
Publicly Available Date Dec 17, 2014
Journal Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation
Print ISSN 2251-1717
Electronic ISSN 2251-1725
Publisher World Scientific Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 2
Article Number 1440003
DOI https://doi.org/10.1142/s2251171714400030
Keywords Instrumentation, CCD characterization, Sub-orbital balloon flight, Pointing stability.
Related Public URLs http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2014JAI.....340003C

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