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Observing with the infrared array camera (IRAC) on the Spitzer Space Telescope
Author(s): Sean J. Carey; Mark David Lacy; Seppo Jalmari Laine; William T. Reach; Jason A. Surace; William J. Glaccum; Joseph L. Hora; Steven P. Willner; Richard G. Arendt; Matthew L. N. Ashby; Lori E. Allen; Pauline Barmby; Bidushi Bhattacharya; Lynne K. Deutsch; Peter R. Eisenhardt; William F. Hoffmann; Jiasheng Huang; Patrick J. Lowrance; Massimo Marengo; S. Thomas Megeath; Brant O. Nelson; Michael A. Pahre; Brian Michael Patten; Judith L. Pipher; John R. Stauffer; Daniel Stern; Zhong Wang; Gillian Wilson; Giovanni G. Fazio
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Paper Abstract

We describe the astronomical observation template (AOT) for the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) on the Spitzer Space Telescope (formerly SIRTF, hereafter Spitzer). Commissioning of the AOTs was carried out in the first three months of the Spitzer mission. Strategies for observing fixed and moving targets are described, along with the performance of the AOT in flight. We also outline the operation of the IRAC data reduction pipeline at the Spitzer Science Center (SSC) and describe residual effects in the data due to electronic and optical anomalies in the instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5487, Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes, (12 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550968
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Sean J. Carey, Spitzer Science Ctr./California Institute of Technology (United States)
Mark David Lacy, Spitzer Science Ctr./California Institute of Technology (United States)
Seppo Jalmari Laine, Spitzer Science Ctr./California Institute of Technology (United States)
William T. Reach, Spitzer Science Ctr./California Institute of Technology (United States)
Jason A. Surace, Spitzer Science Ctr./California Institute of Technology (United States)
William J. Glaccum, Spitzer Science Ctr./California Institute of Technology (United States)
Joseph L. Hora, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Steven P. Willner, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Richard G. Arendt, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Matthew L. N. Ashby, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Lori E. Allen, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Pauline Barmby, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Bidushi Bhattacharya, Spitzer Science Ctr./California Institute of Technology (United States)
Lynne K. Deutsch, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Peter R. Eisenhardt, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
William F. Hoffmann, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Jiasheng Huang, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Patrick J. Lowrance, Spitzer Science Ctr./California Institute of Technology (United States)
Massimo Marengo, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
S. Thomas Megeath, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Brant O. Nelson, Spitzer Science Ctr./California Institute of Technology (United States)
Michael A. Pahre, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Brian Michael Patten, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Judith L. Pipher, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
John R. Stauffer, Spitzer Science Ctr./California Institute of Technology (United States)
Daniel Stern, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Zhong Wang, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Gillian Wilson, Spitzer Science Ctr./California Institute of Technology (United States)
Giovanni G. Fazio, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)


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

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