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5.9 Single Detector Signal Jumps


5.9.1 Introduction

This section summarizes the study made on single detector signal jumps. The signal jumps considered here occur in only one detector at a time and can be generally described as a sudden increase or decrease of the signal, which remains constant or has a long recovering time (;SPMgt;;SPMgt; 10 s) after the jump. These jumps are normally seen at low signal levels.

5.9.2 Data used in this test

Seventy-nine observations from calibration revolutions performed after PV phase up to revolution 468 have been analysed. They have been divided into the following measurements considered separately: dark currents; diffuse low calibrator; and grating low calibrator (no scan). The reset time in the first two measurements is 2 seconds and in the last one 1 second. Band 4 data have not been analyzed because of the highly perturbed signal due to glitches.

An automatic procedure to detect jumps higher than the average noise level has been run through the observations. Some examples are shown in Figure 5.17.

Figure 5.17: Examples of single detector jumps

Table 5.4 displays the results obtained from the analysis of bands 1 and 2. Jumps in band 3 are of different nature from those in bands 1 and 2 and are therefore not included

Band 1 Band 2 Total
Total jumps 70 34 104
Average jump rate (per hour) 3.43 1.66 5.10
Jumps during dark 23 18 41
Jumps during diff. low 19 11 30
Jumps during grat. low 28 5 33
Table 5.4: Jump statistics


5.9.3 Characterization of the jumps at SPD level

The jumps in bands 1 and 2 are similar to each other, but different from jumps in band 3. Band 3 jumps generally appear as alternating up and down jumps between two constant signal levels (so-called ``pop-corn'' noise). The frequency of these jumps is higher in bad behaving detectors, i.e. detectors for which the dark currents in the observing period are significantly higher than in the beginning of the routine phase (e.g. 30 or 36).

The following points will refer only to bands 1 and 2.

tex2html_wrap_inline7035 The jumps can be either positive or negative.

tex2html_wrap_inline7035 For a few exceptions (e.g. detector 2), the signal jumps observed for a particular detector are rather variable from case to case.

tex2html_wrap_inline7035 The jumps are greater during the grating calibrator low measurement (reset time interval 1 second) than in the other two measurements (reset time interval 2 seconds).

tex2html_wrap_inline7035 In half of band 2 jumps, the recovery time of the dark current to before-jump levels is shorter than the duration of the measurement (5 minutes).

tex2html_wrap_inline7035 If the cross-talk correction is not applied, no trace of the jump is observed in the other band detectors and the jump is seen only in one detector at a time. In OLP processing this cross-talk correction is always applied.

5.9.4 Characterization at ERD level

Figure 5.18 displays the difference in bits between sample 24 and 9 in each ramp as a function of the value of sample 24. The two clouds of points for the sample 24 with value 1950 correspond to the first second of the 2-second reset time interval, and the cloud around the abscissa value 2000 to the second second. The points in the lower cloud around x=1950 represent the ramps before the jump and in the upper cloud after the jump. The fact that in the first second of the reset time interval the distinction between ramps before and after the jumps can be seen much more clearly than in the second second, indicates as a possible cause for the jumps the residual effect on the ramps of the after reset pulse.

Figure 5.18: ERD Characterisation of jumps

5.9.5 Checking the association with glitches

The association of signal jumps and glitches has been studied with the following results:

For bands 1 and 2, 18 out of 41 and 13 out of 30 jumps (almost 50%) are associated with the detection of a glitch in the dark current and diffuse calibrator low measurements. This proportion is reduced to 4 out of 33 for the grating calibrator low measurement.

There is practically no association of band 3 jumps with glitches.

There is no distinction between jumps associated with glitches and those which are not. Likewise, glitches associated with jumps are not different from no-jump associated glitches.

No relation has been found between the height of the glitch and the magnitude of the signal jump.

5.9.6 Conclusions & Recommendations


The signal jumps observed for each detector vary significantly between different cases, and may be negative or positive.

Jumps in band 3 are of different nature from jumps in bands 1 and 2.

The frequency of jumps in bands 1 and 2 is of approximately 5 jumps per hour.

The signal jump is more clearly reflected on the first second of the reset time interval than in the second one, indicating a relation between the signal jump and a residual after reset pulse effect. This will be further investigated when working on a possible correction for these jumps.

For bands 1 and 2 and for the measurements with reset time interval 2 seconds, half of the jumps are associated with the detection of glitches. However, no correlation has been found between the characteristics of these jumps and and those of the glitches.


Users are recommended to examine the SPD from their observations to look for such jumps. If they are present the user can either throw the affected portions of the data away or try to adjust the baseline of the affected portion to the pre- and post-jump baseline.

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K. Leech with contributions from
the SWS Instrument Dedicated Team (SIDT)
and the SWS Instrument Support Team (SIST)