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Cryogenic Electronics for Space Applications and Research

Cryogenic Electronics for Space Applications and Research

Objective

Observations from space offer huge improvements in many fields of science. They expand widely the range of the spectral information compared to ground applications. Recently, the use of space qualified cryocoolers to decrease the temperature of instruments down to few kelvins and even below, allows the use of new resistive sensors exhibiting outstanding performances when compared to classical devices. For example, new moderately cooled magnetometers arrays can provide a very high magnetic sensitivity for space exploration, thermal X-ray detectors can reach a spectral resolution two orders of magnitude better than Silicon ones, and in the Infrared domain, observations with bolometers will soon be limited only by the photon background of zodiacal light.
The development of large format array detectors in these three fields is today constrained by the amount of signal channels that can be extracted in parallel from the power limited cold stages.
The goal of this network is to provide the community with cryogenic electronic elements performing all the essential functions to preserve the signal quality of a large amount of sensors (pixels). For this purpose, two ways must be followed in parallel:
-the development of new components (transistors) showing low noise and reduced power consumption to replace the JFETs limited to 120 K
-the conception of new circuits based on the cryogenic proven CMOS and SiGe technologies to realize complex functions (amplification, filtering, multiplexing and digitalization…)
The network gathers fundamental solid-state research laboratories for the development of elementary electronic components; a semi-industrial company already manufacturing complex CMOS and SiGe circuits for cryogenic space applications (Herschel), specialists of cryogenic measurements having already the know how for (sub) Kelvin measurements, together with confirmed space instrumentalists
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Coordinator

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

Address

Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 531 350

Administrative Contact

Nathalie Judas (Ms.)

Participants (6)

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MTA Konkoly Thege Miklos Csillagaszati Kutatointezet

Hungary

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 577 170

MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA CSILLAGASZATI ES FOLDTUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 94 500

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 573 288,40

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PALERMO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 152 000,10

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 69 741,60

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 263455

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2010

  • End date

    31 March 2014

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 633 933,80

  • EU contribution

    € 1 998 050,10

Coordinated by:

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

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