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Design study for the WIYN high-resolution infrared camera
Author(s): Margaret Meixner; Patricia Knezek; Edward Churchwell; Ryan Doering; Remy Indebetouw; Donald Figer; John W. MacKenty; Andrew Fruchter; Robert H. Barkhouser; Stephen A. Smee
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Paper Abstract

We present the science case, design overview and sensitivity estimate for the design study for the WIYN High Resolution Infrared Camera (WHIRC). The WIYN telescope is an active 3.5 m telescope located at an excellent seeing site on Kitt Peak and operated by University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, Yale University and National Optical Astronomical Observatory (NOAO). As a dedicated near-infrared (0.8-2.5 micron) camera on the WIYN Tip-Tilt Module (WTTM), WHIRC will provide near diffraction limited imaging, i.e. FWHM~0.25" typically and 0.12" on exceptional nights. The optical design goal is to use a 2048x2048 HgCdTe array with a plate scale of 0.09" per pixel, resulting in a field of view (FOV), 3'x3', which is a compromise between the highest angular resolution achievable and the largest FOV correctable by WTTM. WHIRC will be used for high definition near-infrared imaging studies such as star formation, proto-planetary disks, galactic dust enshrouded B clusters, dust enshrouded stellar populations in nearby galaxies, and supernova and gamma-ray burst searches.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550868
Show Author Affiliations
Margaret Meixner, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Patricia Knezek, WIYN Observatory/National Optical Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Edward Churchwell, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
Ryan Doering, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Remy Indebetouw, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
Donald Figer, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
John W. MacKenty, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Andrew Fruchter, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Robert H. Barkhouser, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Stephen A. Smee, Johns Hopkins Univ. (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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