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7 February 2003 FlyEyes: a dual CCD detector system for CFHT PUEO NUI's wavefront sensor
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Until now, only avalanche photodiodes (APD) have been used as the detectors in curvature wavefront sensors in astronomy. This is due to the strict requirements of very short integration time and very low readout noise. In 1999, Beletic et al. invented a new CCD design which should achieve the same performance as APDs but with higher reliability and lower cost. In addition, this CCD has higher quantum efficiency than APD modules and larger dynamic range, eliminating the need for neutral density filters on bright objects. The CCD was designed and fabricated by MIT Lincoln Laboratory in collaboration with ESO and IfA. R. Dorn extensively tested the CCD in laboratory at ESO and proved that it achieves the predicted performance. CFHT is currently implementing this CCD on PUEO, CFHT’s Adaptive Optics system, to assess its performance for the first time in real conditions on the sky for a direct comparison with the current 19 APD detector system. In this article we present the current implementation scheme and discuss the upgrade we foresee for PUEO NUI, a 104-element high-order curvature AO system envisaged to replace the current AO system at Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope.
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Jean-Charles Cuillandre, James W. Beletic, Reinhold J. Dorn, Gerard Anthony Luppino, Sidik Isani, Nicolas Gorceix, Olivier Lai, Thomas V. Craven-Bartle, Barry E. Burke, and Francois Menard "FlyEyes: a dual CCD detector system for CFHT PUEO NUI's wavefront sensor", Proc. SPIE 4839, Adaptive Optical System Technologies II, (7 February 2003);


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