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FORCAST: a facility 5- to 40-μm camera for SOFIA
Author(s): Luke D. Keller; Terry L. Herter; Gordon J. Stacey; George E. Gull; Bruce Pirger; Justin Schoenwald; Harry Bowman; Tomas Nikola
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Paper Abstract

We are constructing a facility-class, mid/far-infrared camera for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). The Faint Object infraRed CAmera for the Sofia Telescope (FORCAST) is a two-channel camera with selectable filters for continuum imaging in the 5 - 8, 17 - 25 micron, and/or 25 - 40 micron regions. The design supports simultaneous imaging in the two-channels. Using the latest 256 X 256 Si:As and Si:Sb blocked-impurity-band detector array technology to provide high-sensitivity wide- field imaging. FORCAST will sample images at 0.75 arcsec/pixel and have a 3.2' X 3.2' instantaneous field- of-view. Imaging is diffraction limited for lambda > 15 microns.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4014, Airborne Telescope Systems, (20 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.389130
Show Author Affiliations
Luke D. Keller, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Terry L. Herter, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Gordon J. Stacey, Cornell Univ. (United States)
George E. Gull, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Bruce Pirger, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Justin Schoenwald, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Harry Bowman, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Tomas Nikola, Cornell Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4014:
Airborne Telescope Systems
Ramsey K. Melugin; Hans-Peter Roeser, Editor(s)

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