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FLITECAM: a near-infrared camera for test and science applications on SOFIA
Author(s): Jochen M. M. Horn; Eric E. Becklin; Oddvar Bendiksen; George Brims; John Goulter; Evan Kress; Nick Magnone; Ian S. McLean; John Milburn; N. Molayem; Harvey S. Moseley; Michael Spencer
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Paper Abstract

As a facility class instrument on SOFIA, FLITECAM will be developed at the UCLA Infrared Imaging Detector Laboratory. Its primary purpose is to test the SOFIA telescope imaging quality from 1.0 to 5.5 microns, using a 1024 X 1024 InSb ALADDIN II array. Once the telescope test flights are finished, FLITECAM will be available to the science community. FLITECAM's field of view of 8' in diameter, with a plate scale of 0.47' per pixel, is one of the largest available for any facility camera. Grisms are available to produce moderate resolution of R approximately equals 1000 - 2000, depending on the slit width, with direct ruled ZnSe grisms. The detector readout electronics will be provided by Mauna Kea IR Inc. and is able to operate the detector array at all its planned operation modes, including occulations, telescope-nodding, high-speed shift-and-add, and optionally chopping at the longer wavelengths. Here we present our design approach to achieve those specifications. We also discuss the most important tests FLITECAM will carry out and give examples of science projects on SOFIA. For the latter, we present a preliminary list of filters which is expandable and open for discussions within the science community.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4014, Airborne Telescope Systems, (20 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.389134
Show Author Affiliations
Jochen M. M. Horn, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Eric E. Becklin, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Oddvar Bendiksen, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
George Brims, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
John Goulter, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Evan Kress, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Nick Magnone, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Ian S. McLean, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
John Milburn, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
N. Molayem, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Harvey S. Moseley, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Michael Spencer, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)


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

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