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Filters for HST Wide Field Camera 3
Author(s): S. Baggett; T. Brown; R. Boucarut; D. Figer; G. Hartig; R. Kimble; J. MacKenty; M. Robberto; R. Telfer; J. Kim-Quijano; M. Quijada; G. Allen; P. Arsenovic; B. Hilbert; O. Lupie; J. Townsend
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Paper Abstract

Wide-Field Camera 3 (WFC3) has been built for installation on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) during the next servicing mission. The WFC3 instrument consists of both a UVIS and an IR channel, each with its own complement of filters. On the UVIS side, a selectable optical filter assembly (SOFA) contains a set of 12 wheels that house 48 elements (42 full-frame filters, 5 quadrant filters, and 1 UV grism). The IR channel has one filter wheel which houses 17 elements (15 filters and 2 grisms). While the majority of UVIS filters exhibited excellent performance during ground testing, a subset of filters showed filter ghosting; improved replacements for these filters have been procured and installed. No filter ghosting was found in any of the IR filters; however, the new IR detector for WFC3 will have significantly more response blueward of 800 nm than the original detector, requiring that two filters originally constructed on a fused silica substrate be remade to block any visible light transmission. This paper summarizes the characterization of the final complement of the WFC3 UVIS and IR filters, highlighting improvements in the replacement filters and the projected benefit to science observations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 June 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6265, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 626532 (15 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672300
Show Author Affiliations
S. Baggett, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
T. Brown, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
R. Boucarut, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
D. Figer, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
G. Hartig, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
R. Kimble, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
J. MacKenty, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
M. Robberto, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
R. Telfer, Orbital Sciences Corp. (United States)
J. Kim-Quijano, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
M. Quijada, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
G. Allen, Barr Associates, Inc. (United States)
P. Arsenovic, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
B. Hilbert, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
O. Lupie, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
J. Townsend, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6265:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
John C. Mather; Howard A. MacEwen; Mattheus W. M. de Graauw, Editor(s)

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