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Published May 15, 2000 | Published
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CCD detector performance for NOAO's wide-field MOSAIC cameras


In July of 1998 the National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO) successfully upgraded MOSAIC 1, an 8192 by 8192 pixel array using eight Scientific Imaging Technologies, Inc. (SITe) St-002A thinned backside 2k by 4k charge coupled devices (CCDs). In July of 1999 MOSAIC II, a clone of MOSAIC I was commissioned also using eight SITe ST-002A CCDs. Additionally in December of 1998 NOAO implemented Mini- MOSAIC a 4096 by 4096 pixel array using two SITe ST-002A thinned CCDs. This report will discuss the performance, characterization and capabilities of the three wide field imagers now in operation at NOAO's Kitt Peak Observatory, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory and at the WIYN Consortium 3.5-Meter telescope on Kitt Peak.

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© 2000 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). We would like to recognize all the Scientific Staff and Engineering Staff both in Tucson and La Serena, Chile. If it weren't for all the people involved pulling together and diligently working together as a team this report would not be possible. Thanks and kudos goes to more people than we can possible list here in this acknowledgment.

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