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X-ray CCDs

Holland, A. (2010). X-ray CCDs. In: Huber, M. C. E.; Pauluhn, A.; Culhane, J. L.; Timothy, J. G.; Wilhelm, K. and Zehnder, A. eds. Observing photons in space. ISSI Scientific Report (9). The Netherlands: ESA Publications Division, pp. 409–418.

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In recent years, the silicon charge coupled device (CCD) has found use in many applications in space science providing imaging solutions to a variety of instrument needs. Whilst the majority of imaging applications using CCDs are in the visible region, the ability of silicon to perform efficient detection of X-rays in the 0.1 keV to 10 keV band enables their use in, for example, X-ray astronomy. Since the early 1990s several instruments have been flown using X-ray-optimised CCDs as both non-imaging and imaging detectors at the focal planes of X-ray telescopes. This chapter reviews the use of the silicon CCD for direct detection in the X-ray region and describes some successful applications, together with radiation damage effects when used in the space environment.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: The International Space Science Institute, European Space Agency
ISBN: 92-9221-938-3, 978-92-9221-938-3
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Electronic Imaging (CEI)
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Item ID: 28685
Depositing User: Karen Guyler
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2011 15:18
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 09:53
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