Brookhaven Lab and the LSST – Large Synoptic Survey Telescope


Brookhaven Builds the Digital Film

Brookhaven Lab leads the development of the sensors for the LSST, the array of precise and sensitive electronics that capture images within the digital camera. The efficacy of LSST research hinges upon its massive resolution of 3.2 gigapixels – that’s nearly 200 times larger than a high-end consumer camera. The unique charge-coupled device (CCD) sensors, designed in Brookhaven’s Instrumentation Division, are sensitive to light beyond the visible spectrum and have a much faster readout time than those in today’s most advanced astronomical cameras. Brookhaven scientists are constructing a grid of 200 individual sensors, which will act in concert to render a complete image.


The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will peer into space as no other telescope can. This new facility will create an unparalleled wide-field astronomical survey of our universe – wider and deeper in volume than all previous telescopes combined. The combination of a 3200 megapixel camera sensor array, a powerful supercomputer, a cutting-edge data processing and distribution network, and a massive telescope stationed on a mountaintop in Chile promises to cast light on mysteries fundamental to our understanding of the universe. From the distant signatures of dark energy to the dangers of near-earth asteroids, LSST will capture it all. Three central considerations dictated the design of LSST: wide, fast, and deep.”

See the full article from Brookhaven here.

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