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Title: The Effect of the prompt Particle Environment at L2 on Optical CCDs for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Authors: Ambrosi, R. M.
Holland, Andrew D.
Smith, D. R.
Hutchinson, I. B.
Denby, M.
First Published: 2005
Citation: Planetary and Space Science, 2005, 53 (14-15), pp.1449-1465
Abstract: The increasing number of probes carrying large focal planes consisting of many charge-coupled devices (CCDs), planned to be sent to the L2 Lagrangian point, 1.5 million kilometres from Earth in the next 15 years, implies that a detailed study of the effects of the prompt particle environment at L2 on CCDs is required. The focus of this study will be on CCDs for optical astronomy, astrometry and photometric applications. This study will be of particular interest to GAIA the European Space Agency's (ESA) cornerstone optical astronomy mission to further explore and map sections of our galaxy in greater detail. The results will also have implications for future X-ray astronomy missions like the X-ray Evolving Universe Spectroscopy Mission (XEUS). Both the above missions will require large area focal planes incorporating many CCD detectors. The sources of the instrument background are both solar and galactic and if a probe is launched around the peak in the next solar cycle (2010), the possible false detection rate or the amount of data that could be lost during a mission must be determined. This paper presents measured data for a spacecraft in a geostationary orbit, specifically Geosynchronous Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) data, and makes predictions of the flux and energy of the particle environment at L2. The solar and galactic cosmic ray background was determined by using the Cosmic Ray Effects on Micro-Electronics or CREME96 code. A comparison was then made between the GOES data and the output from the CREME96 code in order to make predictions about the L2 environment.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.pss.2005.10.004
ISSN: 0032-0633
Type: Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy

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