Designed for the Atmospheric Laser Doppler Instrument (ALADIN) on the European Space Agency’s Aeolus Satellite Teledyne e2v, in collaboration with Airbus Defence & Space and ESA, developed an innovative type of detector that simultaneously measures the distance of the returned ultraviolet laser pulse to resolve the altitude of aerosols in the atmosphere, and the Doppler shift that equates to the wind speed at each altitude.
The returned signal is typically extremely weak, however the detector has the capability to add together a number of returned pulses to improve the accuracy of the measurements. Aeolus is the first satellite of its kind to utilize this type of technology in space.
Teledyne e2v’s detector consists of a 16 x 16 pixel CCD with a novel storage region that accumulates the signal from several successive laser pulses. The detector is housed in a hermetically sealed package with an integrated Thermoelectric Cooler (TEC) that uses the Peltier effect to transfer heat away from the sensor. The CCD detector is optimized through a backthinning process (a key capability of Teledyne e2v) to provide a very high detection efficiency at the laser wavelength of 355nm.
|ESA||Aeolus / Aladdin||Atmospheric Laser Doppler Instrument (Aladin)|
|Resolution||16 x 16|
|Pixel Size||16 x 16 µm|
|Total Pixels||0 MP|
Ultraviolet (193-400 nm)
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