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Title: The impact of low energy proton damage on the operational characteristics of EPIC-MOS CCDs
Authors: Ambrosi, RM
Smith, DR
Abbey, AF
Hutchinson, IB
Kendziorra, E
Short, A
Holland, AD
Turner, MJL
Wells, A
Keywords: Charge-coupled device; metal oxide semiconductor; proton damage; charge transfer inefficiency
Publication Date: 2003
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Nuclear Instruments and Methods. B207, 175-85.
Abstract: The University of Tübingen 3.5 MeV Van de Graaf accelerator facility was used to investigate the effect of low energy protons on the performance of the European Photon Imaging Camera (EPIC), metal–oxide semiconductor (MOS), charge coupled devices (CCDs). Two CCDs were irradiated in different parts of their detecting areas using different proton spectra and dose rates. Iron-55 was the calibration source in all cases and was used to measure any increases in charge transfer inefficiency (CTI) and spectral resolution of the CCDs. Additional changes in the CCD bright pixel table and changes in the low X-ray energy response of the device were examined. The Monte Carlo code Stopping Range of Ions in Matter (SRIM) was used to model the effect of a 10 MeV equivalent fluence of protons interacting with the CCD. Since the non-ionising energy loss (NIEL) function could not be applied effectively at such low proton energies. From the 10 MeV values, the expected CTI degradation could be calculated and then compared to the measured CTI changes.
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