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FISICA: the Florida image slicer for infrared cosmology and astrophysics
Author(s): Stephen S. Eikenberry; Richard Elston; Rafael Guzman; Jeff Julian; S. Nicholas Raines; Nicolas Gruel; Glenn Boreman; Paul E. Glenn; C. Gregory Hull-Allen; Jeff Hoffman; Michael Rodgers; Kevin Thompson; Scott Flint; Lovell Comstock; Bruce Myrick
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Paper Abstract

We report on the design and status of the Florida Image Slicer for Infrared Cosmology and Astrophysics (FISICA) - a fully-cryogenic all-reflective image-slicing integral field unit for the FLAMINGOS near-infrared spectrograph. Designed to accept input beams near f/15, FISICA with FLAMINGOS provides R~1300 spectra over a 16x33-arcsec field-of-view on the Cassegrain f/15 focus of the KPNO 4-meter telescope, or a 6x12-arcsec field-of-view on the Nasmyth or Bent Cassegrain foci of the Gran Telescopio Canarias 10.4-meter telescope. FISICA accomplishes this using three sets of “monolithic” powered mirror arrays, each with 22 mirrored surfaces cut into a single piece of aluminum. We review the optical and opto-mechanical design and fabrication of FISICA, as well as laboratory test results for FISICA integrated with the FLAMINGOS instrument. We also discuss plans for first-light observations on the KPNO 4-meter telescope in July 2004.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.549150
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen S. Eikenberry, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Richard Elston, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Rafael Guzman, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Jeff Julian, Univ. of Florida (United States)
S. Nicholas Raines, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Nicolas Gruel, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Glenn Boreman, CREOL/Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Paul E. Glenn, Bauer Associates, Inc. (United States)
C. Gregory Hull-Allen, Bauer Associates, Inc. (United States)
Jeff Hoffman, Optical Research Associates (United States)
Michael Rodgers, Optical Research Associates (United States)
Kevin Thompson, Optical Research Associates (United States)
Scott Flint, Corning NetOptix (United States)
Lovell Comstock, Corning NetOptix (United States)
Bruce Myrick, Corning NetOptix (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5492:
Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy
Alan F. M. Moorwood; Masanori Iye, Editor(s)

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