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Wide Field Camera 3 instrument optical design for the Hubble Space Telescope
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Paper Abstract

The Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) instrument was designed and built to replace the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) instrument Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) and to provide improved ultra-violet through near infra-red imaging capability during the extended HST mission. The WFC3 instrument consists of a two-channel instrument providing diffraction-limited imaging across an average 160 arc second square field of view over 200 to 1000 nm on a 4k x 4k Si detector and an average 135 arc second square field of view over 850 to 1700 nm on a 1k x 1k HgCdTe detector. We describe the optical design and predicted performance of WFC3.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2004
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5487, Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes, (12 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550893
Show Author Affiliations
Jennifer A. Turner-Valle, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Joseph Sullivan, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
John Eric Mentzell, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Robert A. Woodruff, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5487:
Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes
John C. Mather, Editor(s)

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