Interfacing issues in microcooling of optical detectors in space applications

J.H. Derking, Hermanus J.M. ter Brake, M. Linder, Horst Rogalla

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Miniature Joule-Thomson coolers were developed at the University of Twente and are able to cool to 100 K with a typical cooling power of 10 to 20 mW. These coolers have a high potential for space applications in cooling small optical detectors for future earth observation and science missions. Under contract of the European Space Agency, we investigate on-chip detector cooling for the temperature range 70 K-250 K. To identify the detectors that can be cooled by a JT microcooler, a literature survey was performed. Following this survey, we selected a micro digital CMOS image sensor. A conceptual design of this cooler-sensor system is made. Among various techniques, indium soldering and silver paint are chosen for the bonding of the silicon sensor to the glass microcooler. Electrical connections from the sensor to the outside will be realized by structuring them in a thin layer of gold that is sputtered on the outside of the cooler to minimize the radiative heat load. For the electrical connections between the sensor and the structured leads, aluminum or gold bond wires will be used
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)617-624
JournalAIP conference proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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