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Proposal Information for 2007A-0278


PI: Donald Figer, RIT, figer@cis.rit.edu
Address: CIS, 54 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623, United States

CoI: Tony Tyson, UCDavis
CoI: Kirk Gilmore, SLAC

Title: The First Astronomical Use of Silicon PIN Detectors

Abstract: Silicon PIN array detectors combine a silicon light sensitive layer of material and a silicon readout circuit connected through indium bumps. We have made lab measurements using these devices in sizes up to 2Kx2K. The lab performance is impressive, surpassing CCDs for some applications. In fact, the potential is so high that we are working with several projects, including LSST and SNAP, to explore the possibility of using this technology. We propose to make the first validation of this technology in an astronomy application using the 2.1m telescope. The potential science projects enabled by this development are many. They include the search for the nature of both dark energy and dark matter.


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