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CCD photometric precision for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)

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dc.contributor.advisor George R. Ricker. en_US Liu, Lulu en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Physics. en_US 2010-02-09T16:49:20Z 2010-02-09T16:49:20Z 2009 en_US 2009 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Physics, 2009. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 40-41). en_US
dc.description.abstract We seek to fully characterize all noise contributions along the CCD and electronics signal path specific to the equipment to be used on board the TESS all-sky space observatory. We adjust physical variables in such a way as to minimize this noise and achieve a photometric precision limited in large part by shot noise. Ultimately, the goal is to demonstrate in the lab, by analyzing photon data generated by LED simulated stars and using relative photometric techniques, that TESS CCDs and electronics are capable of performing photometry at the 100ppm (parts per million) level as required by the goals of the space mission. In our investigation, we are limited by unusually high readout noise in the CCD electronics but still able to achieve reliable sub-200ppm level photometry in the lab. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Lulu Liu. en_US
dc.format.extent 41 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
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dc.subject Physics. en_US
dc.title CCD photometric precision for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) en_US
dc.title.alternative Charge coupled device photometric precision for TESS en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.B. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Physics. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 495362861 en_US

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