Detector Systems Branch

Welcome to The Detector Systems Branch at NASA


NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Detector Systems Branch builds a wide range of products from single custom detectors to entire instruments for NASA, other government agencies, universities, and industry. These detectors span the entire electromagnetic spectrum from the millimeter to cosmic rays. In addition, the Branch fabricates and tests particle detectors, Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) and Nanotechnology components. Our detectors can be found on NASA's spacecraft, aircraft, balloons and rockets as well as on Earth-based telescopes.

We routinely follow a project from the initial concept, through the design, construction and characterization phases all the way to the final implementation of the project. Our people have the expertise to make this possible, with extensive experience in a broad array of disciplines including detector physics, micro-fabrication, detector characterization, and engineering of high performance detector systems. 


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