A review of UV detectors for astrophysics: Past, present, and future

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This is an update of previous review by Ulmer in 2005 of UV detectors and UV astrophysics. The developments have been slow to come, both observationally and in terms of instrument development. Since it is redundant to devote significant space to repeating the previous review, we concentrate on updated science drivers based on recent NASA project studies such as the Large UV Optical Space Telescope (LUVO or LST) as well as several new areas of instrument advancement. We discuss recent advances in GaN-based avalanche photodiodes, complementary metaloxide-semiconductor (CMOS) and low temperature devices (LTDs, operating near 50 mK) called Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number722210
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Mar 23 2009
EventQuantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices VI - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 25 2009Jan 28 2009


  • APD
  • CCD
  • CMOS
  • GaN
  • MKID
  • UV-astronomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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