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Reflections on the Development of the Advanced CCD Imaging
gordon garmire, Penn State University
The ACIS began as a collaboration between JPL, MIT and Penn
State University in the early 1980's, with JPL taking a lead role in the
development of the CCDs through industrial contractors, principally
Texas Instruments. As the program developed, JPL's interested in High
Energy began to be secondary to their planetary missions and the primary
responsibility for developing the CCDs and the instrument design shifted
to Penn State, MIT Center for Space Research and MITs Lincoln Laboratory.
I will show how the design of the instrument evolved from the original
proposal with 24 CCDs plus an optional set of six CCDs for grating
spectroscopy to its current design of two arrays, one optimized for
imaging and one optimized for grating spectroscopy.