Kepler instrument performance: an in-flight update

  title={Kepler instrument performance: an in-flight update},
  author={D. Caldwell and J. V. Van Cleve and J. Jenkins and V. Argabright and J. Kolodziejczak and E. Dunham and J. Geary and P. Tenenbaum and H. Chandrasekaran and J. Li and Hayley Wu and Jason Von Wilpert},
  booktitle={Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation},
  • D. Caldwell, J. V. Van Cleve, +9 authors Jason Von Wilpert
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  • Physics, Engineering
  • The Kepler Mission is designed to detect the 80 parts per million (ppm) signal from an Earth-Sun equivalent transit. Such precision requires superb instrument stability on time scales up to 2 days and systematic error removal to better than 20 ppm. The sole scientific instrument is the Photometer, a 0.95 m aperture Schmidt telescope that feeds the 94.6 million pixel CCD detector array, which contains both Science and Fine Guidance Sensor (FGS) CCDs. Since Kepler's launch in March 2009, we have… CONTINUE READING
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