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Post-NCS performance of the HST NICMOS
Author(s): Alfred B. Schultz; Megan Sosey; Lisa M. Mazzuca; Howard A. Bushouse; Mark Dickinson; Torsten Boeker; Daniela Calzetti; Santiago Arribas; Louis E. Bergeron; Wolfram Freudling; Sherie T. Holfeltz; Sangeeta Malhotra; Bahram Mobasher; Keith Noll; Erin Roye; Chun Xu
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Paper Abstract

We describe the on-orbit performance of the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) following the installation of the NICMOS Cooling System (NCS). NICMOS is operated at a higher temperature (~77 K) than in the previous observing 1997-1998 period (~62 K). Due to the higher operating temperature, the detector QE is higher, while the well depth is less. The spatial structure of the flat field response remained essentially unchanged. We will show the effects of operating at the higher temperature and present current NICMOS calibration images. In addition, we present an overview of on-orbit testing and report on the re-enabling of NICMOS.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4850, IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, (5 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.461243
Show Author Affiliations
Alfred B. Schultz, Computer Sciences Corp. (United States)
Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Megan Sosey, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Lisa M. Mazzuca, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Howard A. Bushouse, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Mark Dickinson, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Torsten Boeker, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Daniela Calzetti, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Santiago Arribas, European Space Agency (United States)
Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Louis E. Bergeron, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Wolfram Freudling, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Sherie T. Holfeltz, European Space Agency (United States)
Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Sangeeta Malhotra, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Bahram Mobasher, European Space Agency (United States)
Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Keith Noll, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Erin Roye, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Chun Xu, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4850:
IR Space Telescopes and Instruments
John C. Mather, Editor(s)

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