The Canadian QWIP Experiment on the STRV Satellite

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Authors
  1. Khanna, S.M.
  2. Thomas, P.J.
  3. Liu, H.C.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN);Topaz Technology Inc, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
This report describes the concept, design and implementation of the Canadian Quantitum Well Infrared Photodetector (CA QWIP) experiment on the UK STRV ID satellite. The objective of the experiment was to check the performance and verify the effect of nuclear radiation in the space environment on Quantum. Well Infrared Photodetectors (QWIP), Quantum Well Light Emitting Diodes (QW LED) and QWIP/LED integrated devices designed and fabricated at the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada. The experiment was launched successfully on the STRV ID satellite in November 2000. The CA QWIP experiment operated well in space soon after launch. Since then, the satellite itself has suffered a system failure that is not related to the CA QWIP experiment. This failure has prevented any communication from all experiments on the STRV IC and ID satellites from various countries including UK, Canada and US.

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Keywords
Light emitting diode;STRV;Radiation effects;Nuclear radiation;GaAs;Electron;Proton;Radiation damage;Radiation Defects;IR Imaging;Space Surveillance;QWIP (Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors)
Report Number
DREO-TR-2001-152 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2001
Number of Pages
59
DSTKIM No
CA021363
CANDIS No
518090
Format(s):
Hardcopy;CD ROM

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