CSS Updated with 10kx10k ITL CCDs

posted 29 Jan 2017, 14:13 by Michael Lesser   [ updated 29 Jan 2017, 14:13 ]

The Catalina Sky Survey telescopes have been upgraded with 10kx10k CCD sensors which were backside processed at ITL.  See this article for more information.

GOES-R Launch

posted 3 Jan 2017, 04:58 by Michael Lesser

The GOES-R weather satellite (now GOES-16) launched on Nov. 19, 2016 with a CCD sensor which was backside processed at ITL.  The sensor was developed by Semiconductor Technology Associates, Inc. for the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) instrument

LSST "First Article" Focalplane Sensors Completed

posted 2 Jan 2017, 15:29 by Michael Lesser

ITL completed delivery of the "First Article" LSST STA3800 CCD sensors for the LSST project.  These 4k x 4k 10 micron pixel sensors have 16 video channels each and approximately 5 electrons read noise with a 2 second readout time. They have a peak quantum efficiency over 95% and are mechanically flat to less than 5 microns.

Antarctic Camera

posted 6 Sep 2016, 13:09 by Michael Lesser

Semiconductor Technology Associates, Inc. (STA) used a 10kx10k CCD backside processed at ITL in the camera for the Chinese AST-3 telescope which is at Dome-A in Antarctica.  See this link for more details.

(from Sunday, May 19, 2013)

LSST Focalplane Sensors

posted 6 Sep 2016, 13:08 by Michael Lesser

ITL was recently selected to produce "First Article" sensors for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.  The sensors will be the Semiconductor Technology Associates, Inc. STA3800C Charge-Coupled Devices (CCDs) which will be backside processed, custom-packaged, and characterized by ITL.

(from Sunday, June 1, 2014)


posted 6 Sep 2016, 13:07 by Michael Lesser

This project was recently completed with the final delivery of the 200th STA3600A CCD sensor to the University of Texas.

The University of Arizona Imaging Technology Lab has made its first delivery of image detectors to the University of Texas. They’re destined to become part of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX). These detectors which are highly sensitive to light will be an integral part of a fiber optic fed spectrograph. Once completed, the instrument will begin analyzing light from 1 million galaxies over a 3 year period. The gathered data will add to our knowledge of dark energy, the mysterious force causing the universe to expand at an ever increasing rate. University of Arizona Optical Sciences are contracted to make the optics for HETDEX. In addition to the University of Texas and the UA, Pennsylvania State University, Texas A & M, and several European institutes are involved in this endeavor.

(from Friday, August 1, 2014)


posted 6 Sep 2016, 13:06 by Michael Lesser

Additional STA2200 CCDs have been added to the WIYN ODI focal plane to make a "half gigapixel" camera.  The 5x6 array can be seen in the photo below after installation of the detectors.

ITL produced the back illuminated STA2200 Orthogonal Transfer CCDs for the WIYN One Degree Imager project.  Engineering verification was completed by the WIYN team on September 17. See this link for details.

(from Thursday, January 22, 2015)

URAT 10k Mosaic

posted 6 Sep 2016, 13:05 by Michael Lesser

A mosaic of four STA1600 10kx10k CCDs which were all backside processed at ITL is used in the USNO Robotic Astrometric Telescope (URAT).  See this link for more details.  Also see this article.

(from Monday, May 18, 2015)

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