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The near infrared camera for the Subaru Prime Focus Spectrograph
Author(s): Stephen A. Smee; James E. Gunn; Mirek Golebiowski; Robert Barkhouser; Sebastien Vivès; Sandrine Pascal; Michael Carr; Stephen C. Hope; Craig Loomis; Murdock Hart; Hajime Sugai; Naoyuki Tamura; Atsushi Shimono
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Paper Abstract

We present the detailed design of the near infrared camera for the SuMIRe (Subaru Measurement of Images and Redshifts) Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS) being developed for the Subaru Telescope. The PFS spectrograph is designed to collect spectra from 2394 objects simultaneously, covering wavelengths that extend from 380 nm - 1.26 μm. The spectrograph is comprised of four identical spectrograph modules, with each module collecting roughly 600 spectra from a robotic fiber positioner at the telescope prime focus. Each spectrograph module will have two visible channels covering wavelength ranges 380 nm - 640 nm and 640 nm - 955 nm, and one near infrared (NIR) channel with a wavelength range 955 nm - 1.26 μm. Dispersed light in each channel is imaged by a 300 mm focal length, f/1.07, vacuum Schmidt camera onto a 4k x 4k, 15 µm pixel, detector format. For the NIR channel a HgCdTe substrate-removed Teledyne 1.7 μm cutoff device is used. In the visible channels, CCDs from Hamamatsu are used. These cameras are large, having a clear aperture of 300 mm at the entrance window, and a mass of ~ 250 kg. Like the two visible channel cameras, the NIR camera contains just four optical elements: a two-element refractive corrector, a Mangin mirror, and a field flattening lens. This simple design produces very good imaging performance considering the wide field and wavelength range, and it does so in large part due to the use of a Mangin mirror (a lens with a reflecting rear surface) for the Schmidt primary. In the case of the NIR camera, the rear reflecting surface is a dichroic, which reflects in-band wavelengths and transmits wavelengths beyond 1.26 μm. This, combined with a thermal rejection filter coating on the rear surface of the second corrector element, greatly reduces the out-of-band thermal radiation that reaches the detector. The camera optics and detector are packaged in a cryostat and cooled by two Stirling cycle cryocoolers. The first corrector element serves as the vacuum window, while the second element is thermally isolated and floats cold. An assembly constructed primarily of silicon carbide is used to mount the Mangin mirror, and to support the detector and field flattener. Thermal isolation between the cold optics and warm ambient surroundings is provided by G10 supports, multi-layer insulation, and the vacuum space within the cryostat. In this paper we describe the detailed design of the PFS NIR camera and discuss its predicted optical, thermal, and mechanical performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2014
PDF: 26 pages
Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 91472V (28 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2057136
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen A. Smee, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
James E. Gunn, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Mirek Golebiowski, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Robert Barkhouser, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Sebastien Vivès, Aix Marseille Univ., CNRS, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Sandrine Pascal, Aix Marseille Univ., CNRS, Lab. d'Astrophysique de Marseille (France)
Michael Carr, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Stephen C. Hope, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Craig Loomis, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Murdock Hart, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Hajime Sugai, Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, The Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Naoyuki Tamura, Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, The Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)
Atsushi Shimono, Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, The Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9147:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V
Suzanne K. Ramsay; Ian S. McLean; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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