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In-flight performance of the faint object camera of the Hubble Space Telescope
Author(s): Perry E. Greenfield; Francesco Paresce; David A. Baxter; Philip Hodge; Richard N. Hook; Peter Jakobsen; Robert Ian Jedrzejewski; Anatonella Nota; William Brian Sparks; Nigel Mark Towers; Robin J. Laurance; Duccio Macchetto
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Paper Abstract

An overview of the Faint Object Camera and its performance to date is presented. In particular, the detector's efficiency, the spatial uniformity of response, distortion characteristics, detector and sky background, detector linearity, spectrography, and operation are discussed. The effect of the severe spherical aberration of the telescope's primary mirror on the camera's point spread function is reviewed, as well as the impact it has on the camera's general performance. The scientific implications of the performance and the spherical aberration are outlined, with emphasis on possible remedies for spherical aberration, hardware remedies, and stellar population studies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1991
PDF: 24 pages
Proc. SPIE 1494, Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments, (1 September 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46711
Show Author Affiliations
Perry E. Greenfield, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Francesco Paresce, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
David A. Baxter, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Philip Hodge, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Richard N. Hook, Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility/European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Peter Jakobsen, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Robert Ian Jedrzejewski, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Anatonella Nota, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
William Brian Sparks, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Nigel Mark Towers, British Aerospace PLC (United Kingdom)
Robin J. Laurance, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Duccio Macchetto, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1494:
Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments
Pierre Y. Bely; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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