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Advancing the Next Generation of UV Instrumentation to Flight

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Advancing the Next Generation of UV Instrumentation to Flight

The major goal of this proposal is to increase the technology readiness level (TRL) of high QE, large format UV detectors for future NASA missions. Microchannel plate (MCP) detectors are commonly used for UV astronomy; recent developments in MCP substrate and readout anode technology make them ideal for applications in a large Ultraviolet-Optical-Infrared (UVOIR) telescope. We propose to test the properties of the next generation of MCPs, then integrate them into full-scale detectors and perform lifetime testing. We will then prepare them for flight on the World View balloon platform.

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