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Characterization of FLITECAM: the first light camera for SOFIA
Author(s): Amanda Kathryn Mainzer; Ian S. McLean; Ted Aliado; Eric E. Becklin; George Brims; John Goulter; Evan Kress; Nick Magnone; John Milburn; Gunnar Skulason; Michael Spencer
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Paper Abstract

Preliminary test results are reported for FLITECAM, the First Light Camera for SOFIA. This instrument is designed to perform imaging from 1 to 5 μm over the entire 8 arcmin field of view of SOFIA with 0.47arcsec pixels. The detector is a 1024 × 1024 InSb array, and large refractive optics are used for collimation and re-imaging. FLITECAM also has a pupil-viewing mode optimized for 3.5 mm and can accommodate grisms for slit spectroscopy. The instrument has passed Critical Airworthiness Design Review and has received the first part of its certificate of conformity. Ground-based tests of the finished instrument are planned for later in 2002 at the Lick Observatory 3-m Shane Telescope to verify that the point spread function meets its required FWHM of 1 arcsec over the full field and wavelength range. FLITECAM will be used to test the image quality and background of the SOFIA telescope, as well as for science applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4857, Airborne Telescope Systems II, (3 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.458635
Show Author Affiliations
Amanda Kathryn Mainzer, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Ian S. McLean, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Ted Aliado, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Eric E. Becklin, 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)
John Milburn, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Gunnar Skulason, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Michael Spencer, Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4857:
Airborne Telescope Systems II
Ramsey K. Melugin; Hans-Peter Roeser, Editor(s)

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