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Near-infrared camera and Fabry-Perot spectrometer: NIC-FPS
Author(s): Mark B. Vincent; Jon A. Morse; Stephane Beland; Fred Hearty; John Bally; Erica Ellingson; Erik Wilkinson; Patrick Hartigan; John Holtzman; J. Barentine
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Paper Abstract

The Near-Infrared Camera and Fabry-Perot Spectrometer (NIC-FPS) will provide near-IR imaging over the wavelength range ~0.9-2.45 microns and medium resolution (R~10,000) full-field Fabry-Perot spectroscopy in the 1.5-2.4 micron range. Science observation will commence by mid 2004 on the Astrophysical Research Consortium 3.5-m telescope at the Apache Point Observatory in Sunspot, NM. NIC-FPS will allow a wide variety of extragalactic, galactic, and solar system observational programs to be conducted. NIC-FPS will support two observational modes, near-IR imaging or Fabry-Perot spectroscopy. For spectroscopy of line-emitting objects, the cryogenic Fabry-Perot etalon is inserted into the optical path to generate 3D spectral datacubes at ~30 km/s spectral resolution. For narrow to broad-band imaging, the etalon is removed from the optical path. Both modes will utilize a Rockwell Hawaii 1RG 1024 x 1024 HgCdTe detector which features low dark current, low noise and broad spectral response required for astronomical observations. The optics and detector will provide a full 4.6' × 4.6' field of view at 0.27" pixel. NIC-FPS will be mounted to the ARC telescope's Nasmyth port. NIC-FPS will significantly increase ARC's near-IR imaging and spectroscopy capabilities. We present NIC-FPS's optical design and instrument specifications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4841, Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes, (7 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.459488
Show Author Affiliations
Mark B. Vincent, Ctr. for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy/Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
Jon A. Morse, Ctr. for AStrophysics and Space Astronomy/Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
Stephane Beland, Ctr. for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy/Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
Fred Hearty, Ctr. for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy/Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
John Bally, Ctr. for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy/Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
Erica Ellingson, Ctr. for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy/Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
Erik Wilkinson, Ctr. for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy/Univ. of Colorado, Boulder (United States)
Patrick Hartigan, Rice Univ. (United States)
John Holtzman, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)
J. Barentine, Apache Point Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4841:
Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes
Masanori Iye; Alan F. M. Moorwood, Editor(s)

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