Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Proceedings of SPIE

Issue

8836

Publication Date

1-1-2013

DOI

10.1117/12.2024519

Abstract

Focal Plane Arrays (FPA) consisting of multiple Sensor Chip Assemblies (SCA) in a precision aligned mosaic are being increasingly used in optical instruments requiring large format detectors. The Joint Milli-Arcsecond Pathfinder Survey Mission (JMAPS) requires very precise positional alignment and stability of its 2 x 2 SCA mosaic at operational temperatures to meet its precision sky mapping mission requirements. Key performance requirements include: detector active area co-planarity, in-plane alignment, and thermal stability. This paper presents an overview of the JMAPS Focal Plane Array Assembly, its alignment and thermal-mechanical stability requirements, and associated test-validated performance in a cryogenic vacuum environment.

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