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The current and future capabilities of MCP based UV detectors

Astrophysics and Space Science (Impact Factor: 2.06). 03/2009; 320(1):247-250. DOI: 10.1007/s10509-008-9814-7

ABSTRACT At the heart of future space-based astronomical UV instruments will be a sensitive UV detector. Though there has been a death
of new UV mission opportunities, detector development has continued. Improvements have been made in spatial resolution, dynamic
range, detector size, quantum efficiency and background. At the same time the power and mass required to achieve these goals
have decreased. We review the current capabilities of microchannel plate based detectors at Berkeley, both in the laboratory
and aboard current on-orbit spacecraft. We also discuss what can be expected from the next generation of UV detectors over
the next decade.

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