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First test results from FORCAST: the facility mid-IR camera for SOFIA
Author(s): Luke D Keller; Terry Herter; Gordon Stacey; George Gull; Justin Schoenwald; Bruce Pirger; Joseph Adams; Marc Berthoud; Thomas Nikola
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Paper Abstract

We report laboratory tests amd development progress for the Faint Object Infrared Camera for the SOFIA Telescope (FORCAST). FORCAST is a two-channel camera with selectable filters for continuum and line imaging in the 5 - 40 micron wavelength region. Simultaneous imaging will be possible in the two channels: 5 - 25 microns using a Si:As 256x256 blocked impurity band (BIB) detector array, and 25-40 microns using a Si:Sb BIB. FORCAST will sample 0.75 arcseconds per pixel allowing a 3.2'x3.2' instantaneous field-of view in both channels simultaneously. Imaging will be diffracted limited for lambda> 15 microns on the SOFIA telescope. Since FORCAST operates in the wavelength range where the seeing is best from SOFIA, it will provide the highest spatial resolution possible from the airborne observatory. In addition to imaging, the FORCAST optical design provides for a simple upgrade to include spectroscopic observations using grisms mounted in the filter wheels. FORCAST will be available for facility testing and astronomical observations at SOFIA first (f)light.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552333
Show Author Affiliations
Luke D Keller, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Ithaca College (United States)
Terry Herter, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Gordon Stacey, Cornell Univ. (United States)
George Gull, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Justin Schoenwald, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Bruce Pirger, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Joseph Adams, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Marc Berthoud, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Thomas Nikola, Cornell 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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