Characterisation of the analogue read-out chain for the CCDs onboard the mesospheric airglow/aerosol tomography and spectroscopy (MATS)
Paper in proceedings, 2018

The MATS satellite aims at observing airglow and noctilucent clouds in the mesosphere. The main instrument consists of a six channels limb imager in the near-ultraviolet and near-infrared. A high signal-to-noise ratio is required for detecting these mesospheric phenomena: 100 and 500 for ultraviolet and infrared, respectively. This is achieved by an optical design minimizing stray-light, but also with a dedicated design of the read-out analogue chain for the CCD on each channel. The requirements and expected light level on the imaging channels are brie y discussed before focusing on the CCD read-out analogue chain, for which the design and performances are presented.


Dark current



Read-out electronics


G. Giono

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

G. Olentšenko

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

N. Ivchenko

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Ole Martin Christensen

Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Microwave and Optical Remote Sensing, Global Environmental Measurements and Modelling

J. Gumbel

Stockholm University

U. Frisk

Omnisys Instruments

Arvid Hammar

Omnisys Instruments

I. Davies


L. Megner

Stockholm University

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering

0277786X (ISSN) 1996756X (eISSN)

Vol. 10698 106984Y

Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Austin, USA,

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