GOES-S Launch

The GOES-S weather satellite launched on Mar. 1, 2018 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. See https://youtu.be/QFTrwqhEaKE for some “first light” imagery from GLM.

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ITL Completes LSST Sensors Contracts

The University of Arizona has completed delivery of over 100 science-grade 4kx4k Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) image sensors for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). This work was performed at the UA Imaging Technology Laboratory (ITL). The sensors are among the most demanding ever produced in terms of quantum efficiency, readout speed, and surface flatness. ITL had previously delivered a set of 4kx2k wavefront sensors which will also be used in the LSST focal plane. Both sensors were designed by Semiconductor Technology Associates, Inc. in California. The Imaging Technology Laboratory is directed by Dr. Michael Lesser and is a research group within the University's Steward Observatory. Financial support for LSST comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded LSST Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). The DOE-funded effort to build the LSST camera is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).

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GOES-R Launch

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.

Originally posted 3 Jan 2017

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CSS Updated with 10kx10k ITL CCDs

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

Updated 29 Jan, 2017

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VIRUS

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 three 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.

Originally posted 6 Sep 2016 and August 1, 2014

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