Charge coupled devices (CCDs) in X-ray astronomy

D. H. Lumb, G. D. Berthiaume, D. N. Burrows, G. P. Garmire, J. A. Nousek

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The application of CCDs to X-ray imaging and spectroscopy for astronomy is described. The requirements which differ markedly from those of traditional optical applications are highlighted. Results of recent research programs to optimize CCD X-ray response are presented. It is shown that very high quantum efficiencies and Fano noise limited energy resolutions can be obtained. A number of issues related to the practical implementation of future instruments are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-201
Number of pages23
JournalExperimental Astronomy
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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