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See detailDesign status of ASPIICS, an externally occulted coronagraph for PROBA-3
Renotte, Etienne ULg; Alia, A.; Bemporad, A. et al

in Proc. SPIE Volume 9604 Solar Physics and Space Weather Instrumentation VI (2015, September 21)

The “sonic region” of the Sun corona remains extremely difficult to observe with spatial resolution and sensitivity sufficient to understand the fine scale phenomena that govern the quiescent solar corona ... [more ▼]

The “sonic region” of the Sun corona remains extremely difficult to observe with spatial resolution and sensitivity sufficient to understand the fine scale phenomena that govern the quiescent solar corona, as well as phenomena that lead to coronal mass ejections (CMEs), which influence space weather. Improvement on this front requires eclipse-like conditions over long observation times. The space-borne coronagraphs flown so far provided a continuous coverage of the external parts of the corona but their over-occulting system did not permit to analyse the part of the white-light corona where the main coronal mass is concentrated. The proposed PROBA-3 Coronagraph System, also known as ASPIICS (Association of Spacecraft for Polarimetric and Imaging Investigation of the Corona of the Sun), with its novel design, will be the first space coronagraph to cover the range of radial distances between ~1.15 and 3 solar radii where the magnetic field plays a crucial role in the coronal dynamics, thus providing continuous observational conditions very close to those during a total solar eclipse. PROBA-3 is first a mission devoted to the in-orbit demonstration of precise formation flying techniques and technologies for future European missions, which will fly ASPIICS as primary payload. The instrument is distributed over two satellites flying in formation (approx. 150m apart) to form a giant coronagraph capable of producing a nearly perfect eclipse allowing observing the sun corona closer to the rim than ever before. The coronagraph instrument is developed by a large European consortium including about 20 partners from 7 countries under the auspices of the European Space Agency. This paper is reviewing the recent improvements and design updates of the ASPIICS instrument as it is stepping into the detailed design phase. [less ▲]

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See detailThe dual-gain 10 µm back-thinned 3k x 3k CMOS-APS detector of the Solar Orbiter Extreme UV Imager
Halain, Jean-Philippe ULg; Debaize, Arnaud ULg; Gillis, Jean-Marie ULg et al

in Proceedings of SPIE (2014), 9144

The Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) on-board the Solar Orbiter mission will provide image sequences of the solar atmosphere at selected spectral emission lines in the extreme and vacuum ultraviolet. For ... [more ▼]

The Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) on-board the Solar Orbiter mission will provide image sequences of the solar atmosphere at selected spectral emission lines in the extreme and vacuum ultraviolet. For the two Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) channels of the EUI instrument, low noise and radiation tolerant detectors with low power consumption and high sensitivity in the 10-40 nm wavelength range are required to achieve the science objectives. In that frame, a dual-gain 10 µm pixel pitch back-thinned 1k x 1k Active Pixel Sensor (APS) CMOS prototype has been tested during the preliminary development phase of the instrument, to validate the pixel design, the expected EUV sensitivity and noise level, and the capability to withstand the mission radiation environment. Taking heritage of this prototype, the detector architecture has been improved and scaled up to the required 3k x 3k array. The dynamic range is increased, the readout architecture enhanced, the power consumption reduced, and the pixel design adapted to the required stitching. The detector packaging has also been customized to fit within the constraints imposed by the camera mechanical, thermal and electrical boundaries. The manufacturing process has also been adapted and back-thinning process improved. Once manufactured and packaged, a batch of sensors will undergo a characterization and calibration campaign to select the best candidates for integration into the instrument qualification and flight cameras. The flight devices, within their cameras, will then be embarked on the EUI instrument, and be the first scientific APS-CMOS detectors for EUV observation of the Sun. [less ▲]

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See detailPerformance of Solmacs, a High PV Solar Concentrator With Efficient Optics
Thibert, Tanguy ULg; Hellin, Marie-Laure ULg; Loicq, Jerôme ULg et al

in AIP Conference Proceedings, , Volume 1477 (2012, October 05)

A new solar panel with high concentration photovoltaic technology (x700) has been designed, prototyped and tested in the SOLMACS project. The quality of concentrating optics is a key factor for high ... [more ▼]

A new solar panel with high concentration photovoltaic technology (x700) has been designed, prototyped and tested in the SOLMACS project. The quality of concentrating optics is a key factor for high module efficiency. Therefore new dedicated PMMA Fresnel lenses were studied and produced by injection molding. Lens design, material and production process were optimized to achieve a high optical yield of 86%. Thorough lens performance assessment in optical laboratory was completed with lifetime UV aging tests. Another important aspect is the thermal control of the hot spot created under the solar cell that receives the concentrated flux of 700 Suns. A dedicated heat spreader was developed to achieve passive thermal control with minimum mass and cost. This was supported by thermal models and tests at both cell and module level. 35% triple junction cells were implemented in the module. Micro-assembly technologies were used for the cell packaging and electrical connections. In support to the research, a continuous solar simulator was designed and built to assess the system performance, both at component and module level. The concentrator developments were integrated in a prototype and tested both indoor with the simulator and outdoor on the CSL solar test platform. The overall efficiency of the PV concentrator module is 28.5%. [less ▲]

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See detailContinuous Solar Simulator for Concentrator Photovoltaic Systems
Thibert, Tanguy ULg; Hellin, Marie-Laure ULg; Loicq, Jerôme ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (2010, September)

A continuous solar simulator for measuring performance of concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems is presented. The illumination system is based on a Xenon lamp, a homogenizer rod, shaping optics and a ... [more ▼]

A continuous solar simulator for measuring performance of concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems is presented. The illumination system is based on a Xenon lamp, a homogenizer rod, shaping optics and a 30cm diameter collimator. The design optimises the reproduction of the characteristics of direct solar illumination: 32’ divergence, high spatial homogeneity, sun-like spectral distribution, with a maximum intensity of 250W/m². It accommodates pass-band and attenuation filters to tune the beam output. It operates in continuous mode, allowing to investigate CPV thermal aspects as well. The present paper addresses the concept design of the solar simulator and associated performance results. [less ▲]

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See detailAeolian vibrations on High Voltage Lines .Comparative self damping as evaluated on the field
Lilien, Jean-Louis ULg; Destiné, Jacques ULg; Gillis, Jean-Marie ULg et al

(2008, August)

New ways to measure continuously in real time, aeolian vibrations.

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See detailSWAP: Sun watcher with a new EUV telescope on a technology demonstration platform
Defise, Jean-Marc ULg; Lecat, Jean-Hervé ULg; Mazy, Emmanuel ULg et al

in 5th International Conference on Space Optics (2004, June 01)

SWAP (SWAP (Sun Watcher using Active Pixel System detector and Image Processing) is an instrument that has been selected to fly on the PROBA-2 technology demonstration platform, a program of the European ... [more ▼]

SWAP (SWAP (Sun Watcher using Active Pixel System detector and Image Processing) is an instrument that has been selected to fly on the PROBA-2 technology demonstration platform, a program of the European Space Agency (ESA) to be launched in 2006. SWAP is based on an off-axis degraded Ritchey Chretien telescope that will image the EUV solar corona at 19.5 nm on a specifically fabricated extreme ultraviolet (EUV) sensitivity enhanced CMOS APS detector. The optical design and the optical coatings are derived from the Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT) operating on-board SOHO since 1995. It has been adapted for a single wavelength telescope with off-axis optics. It allows to use smaller optics and filters, with simple internal baffles avoiding external protruding parts. The superpolished optics will receive a multilayer coating that provides spectral selection centred on 19.5 nm and EUV reflectivity in normal incidence. This compact design is specifically adapted for accommodation on PROBA-2, where mass and envelope requirements are very stringent The SWAP PROBA-2 program will be an opportunity to demonstrate this new optical concept, while it will also validate space remote sensing with APS detectors, as well as on-board image processing capabilities. On the science outcomes, SWAP will provide solar corona images in the Fe XII line on a baselined 2-min cadence. Observations with this specific wavelength allow detecting phenomena, such as solar flares or 'EIT-waves', associated with the early phase of coronal mass ejections. The SWAP data will complement the observations provided by SOHO-EIT, and STEREO-SECCHI. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Herschel-PACS Grating Drive and its controller
Renotte, Etienne ULg; Callut, Eric ULg; Guiot, Marc ULg et al

(2003)

The Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS), on board the Herschel Space Observatory, is designed for imaging and spectroscopy in the wavelength region between 60 and 210 gm. This paper reports ... [more ▼]

The Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS), on board the Herschel Space Observatory, is designed for imaging and spectroscopy in the wavelength region between 60 and 210 gm. This paper reports the design of the grating cryogenic mechanism of the PACS spectrometer and its remote controller (DEC/MEC) located on the outside of the Herschel cryostat. The PACS grating shall be capable of accurate positioning (4 arcsec) within a large angular stroke (40 arcdeg) in cryogenic environment (4.2 K). Technologies of actuators, position sensors, pivots, dry lubricants, servo-control and cryogenic test set-up are presented. At the other end of the Herschel 10-meter high-impedance cryogenic harness, the DEC/MEC consists of DSP processor-based electronics that control and synchronise the cold focal plane mechanisms and infrared detector arrays. The DEC/MEC operates an on board software running under a real-time operating system. Technologies involved in the control electronics are discussed and correlated to validation tests conducted with actual hardwares. [less ▲]

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