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SCUBA: the submillimeter common-user bolometer array for the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope
Author(s): Colin R. Cunningham; Walter K. Gear; William Duncan; Peter R. Hastings; Wayne S. Holland
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Paper Abstract

We describe the design and manufacture of SCUBA, which is undergoing laboratory testing prior to commissioning on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. It contains two arrays, one of 91 pixels optimised for 450 micrometers and the second of 37 pixels optimised for 850 micrometers in close-packed arrays, with each pixel having diffraction-limited angular resolution. Some of the original design features of the instrument are described: the cryogenic system operating at 100mK; the optical layout; bolometer manufacture; and array integration. We illustrate the performance of the instrument with test results obtained during the laboratory commissioning.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2198, Instrumentation in Astronomy VIII, (1 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176772
Show Author Affiliations
Colin R. Cunningham, Royal Observatory Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Walter K. Gear, Royal Observatory Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
William Duncan, Royal Observatory Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Peter R. Hastings, Royal Observatory Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Wayne S. Holland, Joint Astronomy Ctr. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2198:
Instrumentation in Astronomy VIII
David L. Crawford; Eric R. Craine, Editor(s)

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