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Day-one science with CanariCam, the Gran Telescopio Canarias multi-mode mid-infrared camera
Author(s): Charles M. Telesco; Christopher Packham; Christ Ftaclas; James H. Hough; Margaret M. Moerchen; Kevin T. Hanna; Jeffrey A. Julian; Frank Varosi; Roger E. Julian; Greg Bennett; Charles Murphey; Francisco Reyes; Craig Warner
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Paper Abstract

CanariCam is the facility multi-mode mid-IR camera developed by the University of Florida for the 10-meter Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) on La Palma. CanariCam has four science modes that provide the GTC community with an especially powerful research tool for imaging, grating spectroscopy, coronagraphy, and dual-beam polarimetry. Instrument commissioning in the laboratory at the University of Florida indicates that all modes perform as required, and the next step is on-telescope commissioning. After commenting on the instrument status, we will review key features of each of these science modes, with emphasis on illustrating each mode with science examples that put the system performance, particularly the anticipated sensitivity, into perspective.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 July 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 70140R (25 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.787697
Show Author Affiliations
Charles M. Telesco, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Christopher Packham, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Christ Ftaclas, Institute for Astronomy, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
James H. Hough, Ctr. for Astrophysics Research, Univ. of Hertfordshire (United Kingdom)
Margaret M. Moerchen, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Kevin T. Hanna, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Jeffrey A. Julian, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Frank Varosi, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Roger E. Julian, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Greg Bennett, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Charles Murphey, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Francisco Reyes, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Craig Warner, Univ. of Florida (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7014:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II
Ian S. McLean; Mark M. Casali, Editor(s)

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