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Colorado's Near-Infrared Camera (a.k.a. NIC-FPS) commissioning on the ARC 3.5M Telescope
Author(s): Fred Hearty; Stephane Beland; James Green; Nathaniel Cunningham; John Barentine; Meredith Drosback; Robert Valentine; Anton Bondarenko; Carl Schmidt; Joshua Walawender; Cynthia Froning; Jon Morse; Patrick Hartigan
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Paper Abstract

A second generation near-infrared instrument was built by the University of Colorado for the ARC 3.5 meter telescope and is being commissioned at the Apache Point Observatory. An initial engineering run, first light, commissioning observations, and initial facility science operations have been accomplished in the last year. Instrument imaging performance was good to excellent from first light and consortium observers began to employ the instrument on a shared-risk basis immediately after commissioning operations. Instrument optical and mechanical performance during this testing and operations phase are discussed. Detector system (Rockwell Hawaii-1RG 1024x1024 HgCdTe focal plane array with Leach controller) characteristics during these early operations are detailed along with ongoing efforts for system optimization. High resolution (R~10,000) spectroscopy is planned employing a Queensgate (now IC Optical) cryogenic Fabry-Perot etalon, though mechanical difficulties with the etalon precluded a system performance demonstration. The Consortium has decided that the instrument will retain the name NIC-FPS (Near Infrared Camera and Fabry-Perot Spectrometer) after commissioning.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 2005
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5904, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments XI, 59040M (18 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.617593
Show Author Affiliations
Fred Hearty, Univ. of Colorado (United States)
Stephane Beland, Univ. of Colorado (United States)
James Green, Univ. of Colorado (United States)
Nathaniel Cunningham, Univ. of Colorado (United States)
John Barentine, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)
Meredith Drosback, Univ. of Colorado (United States)
Robert Valentine, Univ. of Colorado (United States)
Anton Bondarenko, Univ. of Colorado (United States)
Carl Schmidt, Univ. of Colorado (United States)
Joshua Walawender, Univ. of Colorado (United States)
Cynthia Froning, Univ. of Colorado (United States)
Jon Morse, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Patrick Hartigan, Rice Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5904:
Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments XI
James B. Heaney; Lawrence G. Burriesci, Editor(s)

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