Asteroid Innovation Potential

The very large Infrared detector that will be manufactured thanks to the proposed developments in ASTEROID will have applications in different domains. Thanks to its performances in SWIR wavelength range, especially its low noise and low dark current, it will be directly useful for astronomy applications. These astronomy applications can be ground telescopes (ESO) or space telescopes (ESA).

Large IR detectors can also be used for other applications. Thanks to the development of large ROIC, the field of application of 2k² detectors can be extended to other space applications. For example:

For these missions, a dedicated ROIC will need to be designed as the infrared flux for these applications is much higher than for astronomy and science mission.

Moreover, ROIC, MCT and hybridization technologies developed in ASTEROID will be directly applicable to other types of Focal Plane Arrays: