First On-Sky Demonstration of Skipper CCDs

The team collected the first astronomical data using Skipper CCDs on the SOAR Integral Field Spectrograph in Chile.

A team led by the Fermilab CCD Group performed the first on-sky demonstration using Skipper CCDs on the SOAR Telescope in Chile. This demonstration helps retire perceived risks for using this technology in future cosmology experiments recommended by the P5 Report such as DESI-II and Spec-S5. This project was a collaborative effort from Fermilab, UChicago, NOIRLab, LBNL, and the Brazilian LNA. Read more about the milestone in a recent press release.