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PLATO Fast Front End Electronics (F-FEE) - performance results of the engineering model

Koncz, Alexander and Eigmüller, Philipp and Michaelis, Harald and Rauer, Heike and Wolter, David and Tschentscher, Matthias and Weisse, Stefan and Vasiliou, Konstantinos and Tomecki, Daniel and Rufini, Sergio and Cacovean, Andrei and Althaus, Christian and Jung, Boris and Müller, Uwe and Korsitzky, Hartmut and Terzer, Ronny and Manthey, Kristian and Grott, Matthias and Ligus, Jan and Hviid, Stubbe and Cara, Christophe and Lavanant, Tony and Fontignie, Jean and Huynh, Dat and Nico, Francois and Niemi, Sami (2022) PLATO Fast Front End Electronics (F-FEE) - performance results of the engineering model. In: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 12180, 121801E. SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2022, 17-22 Juli 2022, Montreal, Kanada. doi: 10.1117/12.2629953. ISBN 9781510653412. ISSN 0277-786X.

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The Fast Front End Electronic (F-FEE) is a unit of the payload for the PLATO ESA mission. PLATO aims at finding and characterising a large number of extra solar planetary systems. In order to achieve its scientific objectives, PLATO relies on the analysis of continuous time series of high precision photometric measurements of stellar fluxes. The scientific payload of PLATO is based on a multi-telescope approach, involving a set of 24 "normal" cameras working at a cadence of 25s optimized to monitor stars fainter than magnitude 8 (photometry on saturated stars down to magnitude 4 will be possible), plus two "fast" cameras working at a cadence of 2.5s, and observing stars in the V range from 4 to 8. Beside providing star brightness measurements for bright stars, the "fast" cameras also work as fine guidance sensors for the attitude control system of the Spacecraft. Each "fast" camera is equipped with 4 CCDs with 4510x2255 light sensitive pixels each, working in frame transfer mode. In view of the instrument development an Engineering Model (EM) of the F-FEE has been manufactured, assembled and tested. The performance tests have been conducted using artificially generated CCD signals as well as real CCDs, proving the capability of the electronics to satisfy the demanding requirements to fine guidance but also science requirements of the PLATO mission.

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Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:PLATO Fast Front End Electronics (F-FEE) - performance results of the engineering model
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Koncz, Alexanderalexander.koncz (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8231-1109
Eigmüller, PhilippPhilipp.Eigmueller (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4096-0594
Michaelis, HaraldHarald.Michaelis (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Rauer, HeikeHeike.Rauer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Wolter, DavidDavid.Wolter (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Tschentscher, MatthiasMatthias.Tschentscher (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Weisse, StefanStefan.weisse (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Vasiliou, KonstantinosKonstantinos.Vasiliou (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Tomecki, DanielDaniel.Tomecki (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Rufini, SergioSergio.RufiniMastropasqua (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Cacovean, AndreiAndrei.Cacovean (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Althaus, ChristianChristian.Althaus (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Jung, BorisBoris.Jung (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Müller, UweU.Mueller (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Korsitzky, HartmutHartmut.Korsitzky (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Terzer, RonnyDLR-Berlin, ronny.terzer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Manthey, KristianKristian.Manthey (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9615-5976
Grott, MatthiasMatthias.Grott (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Ligus, Janjan.ligus (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hviid, StubbeStubbe.Hviid (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Cara, ChristopheCEA Saclay ParisUNSPECIFIED
Lavanant, TonyCEA Saclay ParisUNSPECIFIED
Fontignie, JeanCEA Saclay ParisUNSPECIFIED
Huynh, DatCEA Saclay ParisUNSPECIFIED
Nico, FrancoisCEA Saclay ParisUNSPECIFIED
Niemi, SamiEuropean Space AgencyUNSPECIFIED
Date:19 July 2022
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:121801E
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Matsuura, ShujiKwansei Gakuin University, Hyogo, JapanUNSPECIFIED
Keywords:PLATO, Fast telescope, Front-end, Fine Guidance, DLR, CEA, ESA, Electronics, Charged-coupled devices, CCD, CCD Cameras
Event Title:SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2022
Event Location:Montreal, Kanada
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:17-22 Juli 2022
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - PLATO: F-FEE
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Sensor Systems
Institute of Planetary Research > Extrasolar Planets and Atmospheres
Institute of Planetary Research > Leitungsbereich PF
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geodesy
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems > Space Instruments
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems > High-Speed Electronics
Deposited By: Koncz, Alexander
Deposited On:29 Sep 2022 09:22
Last Modified:29 Sep 2022 09:22

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