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Optical design of NICMOS: the second-generation infrared instrument for the Hubble Space Telescope
Author(s): Eric Ramberg
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Paper Abstract

NICMOS is the near infrared second generation instrument for the Hubble Space Telescope. The NICMOS instrument consist of three infrared cameras with spectral response between 1 and 2.5 micrometers whose fields of view are 11, 19.3 and 51.1 arc seconds. Each camera has an independent filter wheel with 20 positions. In the wide field camera, two grisms will be substituted for two of the filters. Some unique challenges arise because (1) NICMOS must interface with HST, (2) it is a low background infrared device with warm optics and (3) it has a large cryogenic dewar enveloping the detectors. This paper summarizes the optical configuration of the instrument as well as some of the requirements that drive the design. Expected performance will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1993
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1945, Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments II, (1 November 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.158782
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Eric Ramberg, Ball Electro-Optics and Cryogenics Div. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1945:
Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments II
Pierre Y. Bely; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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