The CHEOPS payload comprises a single, wide-band photometer covering a wavelength range of 0.33 – 1.1 microns (see overview of the CHEOPS Payload). The bandpass is given directly by the product of the optical transmission of the telescope/instrument and the quantum efficiency (QE) of the CHEOPS CCD, and is limited by the former at the short wavelength end of the band and by the latter at the long-wavelength end.

The figure below shows the bandpass normalised to its peak value as a function of wavelength: overplotted are the equivalent curves for other exoplanet missions together with the spectral energy distributions (SED) of a Teff~5500K and Teff~4500K (left) dwarf star, and the BVRI filters and Gaia bandpasses (right).

Plots illustrating the (normailsed) spectral response of CHEOPS as a function of wavelength: (a) left hand panel: CHEOPS = black solid, CoRoT = dashed/dotted; MOST = short/long dash (MOST team/Jason Rowe), TESS = dotted (eg. Sullivan et al., 2015, ApJ 809, 77), Kepler = long dashed (; cyan = SED of Teff~5500K dwarf; pink = SED of Teff~4500K dwarf (b) right hand panel: CHEOPS = black solid, GAIA = black dotted (; blue,green, red and pink are the band passes of the BVRI filter set (Bessell, M., 1990: PASP, 102, 118, with data taken from


The numerical data required to recreate the CHEOPS bandpass can be found in this csv file or fits file, which includes the QE of the CCD (column 2), the optical throughput (transmission) of the telescope/instrument (column 3), as well as the band pass (product, in column 4), all as a function of wavelength (column 1). A short note which captures the information included in the file as well as how to calculate the band pass can be found at this link. We note that the optical throughput includes a wavelength-independent term which accounts for the central hole in the primary mirror together with obscuration by the secondary mirror supports - it should therefore be used in conjunction with the physical as opposed to the effective size of the mirror if being used to determine the sensitivity of CHEOPS.


Curious to learn more?

Further details on the CHEOPS spacecraft can be found at CHEOPS Consortium Mission website ( and in the references at this link.


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This website was last updated on 12 March 2024.