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The project INCA: engineering of NIR (1-5 µm) cameras for ground- and space-based astronomical applications
Author(s): Filippo Maria Zerbi; Florio Dalla Vedova; Alessandro Batocchio; Marco Canetti; Paolo Cerabolini; Giorgio Colombo; Mauro Ghigo; Ruben Mazzoleni; Giuseppe Pennestri
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Paper Abstract

We present a status report of the R&D project INCA, aimed to create in a selected group of Italian SME the expertise to build high quality Infrared instrumentation for Astronomy. The INCA consortium is currently building a fully functional test NIR-camera (1-5 μm) exploring any sort of innovation in the field of optics (new materials, aspheric surfaces), mechanics/cryogenics (new concept in lens holding, light-weighted structures, cryo-pumps) and electronics (new chip controllers). The camera will be installed for testing at one of the major telescope facility available to the Italian community and its performances in true astronomical applications evaluated.

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: 10.1117/12.460017
Show Author Affiliations
Filippo Maria Zerbi, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Florio Dalla Vedova, Carlo Gavazzi Space SpA (Italy)
Alessandro Batocchio, RIAL Vacuum (Italy)
Marco Canetti, RIAL Vacuum (Italy)
Paolo Cerabolini, RIAL Vacuum (Italy)
Giorgio Colombo, Lab. Ottico Colombo (Italy)
Mauro Ghigo, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Ruben Mazzoleni, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Giuseppe Pennestri, Carlo Gavazzi Space SpA (Italy)

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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