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Optical Astronomy: Detectors

  • Rosa PoggianiEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter discusses the instruments used to detect the radiation collected by the optical telescopes and transform it into an electrical signal. The main classes of detectors for optical radiation will be presented. All detectors have a fundamental limit caused by the statistical properties of the electromagnetic radiation. The charge-coupled devices (CCDs) that are the most used detectors at telescopes are discussed in detail.

Keywords

Quantum Efficiency Dark Current Photomultiplier Tube Modulation Transfer Function Depletion Region 
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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of PisaPisaItaly

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