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Rocketborne instrument to search for infrared emission from baryonic dark matter in galactic halos
Author(s): James J. Bock; Mitsunobu Kawada; Andrew E. Lange; Toshio Matsumoto; Kazunori Uemizu; Toyoki Watabe; S. A. Yost; Giovanni G. Fazio; William J. Forrest; Judith L. Pipher; Stephan D. Price
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Paper Abstract

We describe the design and performance of the near IR telescope experiment (NITE), a rocket-borne instrument designed to search for IR emission from baryonic dark matter in the halos of nearby edge-on spiral galaxies. A 256 X 256 InSb array at the focus of a 16.5 cm liquid-helium- cooled telescope achieves near-background-limited sensitivity in a 3.5-5.5 micrometers waveband where the local foreground from zodiacal emission is at a minimum. This experiment represents the first scientific application of a low-background IR InSb array, a precursor to the InSb arrays intended for SIRTF, in a space-borne observation. We describe the flight performance of the instrument and preliminary scientific result from an observation of NGC 4565.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3354, Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation, (21 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317239
Show Author Affiliations
James J. Bock, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Mitsunobu Kawada, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
Andrew E. Lange, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Toshio Matsumoto, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan)
Kazunori Uemizu, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (Japan) and Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
Toyoki Watabe, Nagoya Univ. (Japan)
S. A. Yost, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Giovanni G. Fazio, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (United States)
William J. Forrest, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Judith L. Pipher, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Stephan D. Price, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3354:
Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation
Albert M. Fowler, Editor(s)

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