|STIS Instrument Handbook for Cycle 24|
The trade-off between using the G230LB or the G230L (which uses the NUV-MAMA), depends sensitively on the science goals and your source properties.
• The CCD suffers from charge transfer inefficiency (CTI), whereas the NUV-MAMA does not
• The NUV-MAMA is solar insensitive, whereas the CCD is not.
• For red objects, CCD data can suffer from scattered light problems. The detector PSF of the CCD is much cleaner than that of the NUV-MAMA (see http://www.stsci.edu/hst/stis/documents/g230lb_scattered_light.html).Figure 13.22: Comparison of Limiting Magnitudes and Fluxes for G230LB and G230L. Plotted are the limiting source magnitudes and fluxes for G230LB and G230L to achieve a signal-to-noise ratio of 10 per 2-pixel spectral resolution element integrated across the PSF, in 1 hour. The prediction due to the Charge Transfer Inefficiency (CTI) effect, computed for the year 2005, is also shown.Figure 13.23: Comparison of LSFs for G230LB and G230L