The wide-field camera 3 detectors

S. M. Baggett, R. J. Hill, R. A. Kimble, J. W. MacKenty, A. Waczynski, H. A. Bushouse, N. Boehm, H. E. Bond, T. M. Brown, N. R. Collins, G. Delo, L. Dressel, R. Foltz, G. Hartig, B. Hilbert, E. Kan, J. Kim-Quijano, E. Malumuth, A. Martel, P. McCulloughL. Petro, Y. Wen

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The Wide-field Camera 3 (WFC3) is a fourth-generation instrument planned for installation in Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Designed as a panchromatic camera, WFC3's UVIS and IR channels will complement the other instruments onboard HST and enhance the observatory's scientific performance. UVIS images are obtained via two 4096x2051 pixel e2v CCDs while the IR images are taken with a 1024x1024 pixel HgCdTe focal plane array from Teledyne Imaging Sensors. Based upon characterization tests performed at NASA/GSFC, the final flight detectors have been chosen and installed in the instrument. This paper summarizes the performance characteristics of the WFC3 flight detectors based upon component and instrument-level testing in ambient and thermal vacuum environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHigh Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy III
StatePublished - 2008
EventHigh Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy III - Marseille, France
Duration: Jun 23 2008Jun 26 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherHigh Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy III

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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