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Space evaluation of 2048x1080 mirrors DMD chip for ESA's EUCLID Mission
Author(s): Frederic Zamkotsian; Patrick Lanzoni; Emmanuel Grassi; Rudy Barette; Christophe Fabron; Kyrre Tangen; Luca Valenziano; Laurent Marchand; Ludovic Duvet
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Next-generation infrared astronomical instrumentation for ground-based and space telescopes could be based on MOEMS programmable slit masks for multi-object spectroscopy (MOS). This astronomical technique is used extensively to investigate the formation and evolution of galaxies. We are engaged in an ESA study for a technical assessment of using a DMD from Texas Instruments for space applications (for example in ESA EUCLID mission). The DMD features 2048×1080 mirrors on a 13.68μm pitch, where each mirror can be independently switched between an ON (+12°) position and an OFF (-12°) position. For MOS applications in space, the device should work in vacuum, at low temperature, and each MOS exposure would last for typically 1500s with micromirrors held in a static state (either ON or OFF). A specific thermal/vacuum test chamber has been developed for test conditions down to -40°C at 10-5 mbar vacuum. Imaging capability for resolving each micromirror has also been developed for determining degradation in any single mirror. Our first tests reveal that the DMD remains fully operational at -40°C and in vacuum. A 1038 hours life test in space conditions, Total Ionizing Dose radiation, thermal cycling and vibrations/shocks have also been successfully completed. These results do not reveal any concerns regarding the ability of the DMD to meet environmental space requirements. We have also developed a bench for MOS demonstration using MOEMS devices. DMD chip has been successfully tested revealing good contrast values as well as good functionality for applying any mask pattern, demonstrating its full ability for space instrumentation, especially in multi-object spectroscopy applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 August 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7731, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 773130 (10 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.861969
Show Author Affiliations
Frederic Zamkotsian, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS (France)
Patrick Lanzoni, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS (France)
Emmanuel Grassi, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS (France)
Rudy Barette, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS (France)
Christophe Fabron, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS (France)
Kyrre Tangen, Visitech AS (Norway)
Luca Valenziano, INAF, Istituto Astrofisica Spaziale Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
Laurent Marchand, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Ludovic Duvet, European Space Agency (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7731:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Jacobus M. Oschmann Jr.; Mark C. Clampin; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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