Saturation and Nonlinearity

Observed Effect and Relevant Physics:

The sensitivity of a given pixel is a function of the fraction of its well depth which is filled. Although the full-well depth of the detector is 116,000 electrons (corresponding to ~38000 ADU using a gain of 3.04 electrons/ADU), the detector begins to have a non-linear response at the ~1% level when the well depth is ~16000 ADU (or ~49 000 electrons). It should be noted that the linearity response of the detector was performed for a different gain and with the detector readout electronics tuned differently then they are presently.

Until a new linearity measurement can be performed, users are advised to keep the pixel intensities below ~16000 ADU.


Updating these measurements is a work in progress as of 2014A. Consult Naru Sadakuni for details.

Pipeline Processing:

At this time there is no primitive to apply a non-linearity correction in the pipeline. Instead there is support for correcting nonlinearity in real time during the detector readout (this is a better approach since it enables the correction to be used when deriving the slope from the up-the-ramp readout.) The expectation is that once we have a better calibration of this, we will enable this correction on the detector server.

Relevant GPI team members

Patrick Ingraham, Naru Sadakuni