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A wide-field near-infrared camera and spectrograph for the Mt. Abu 1.2 m telescope
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Paper Abstract

We describe the design and optimization of a wide-field near-infrared camera and spectrograph (NICAS) for Mt Abu 1.2 m, f/13 Cassegrain telescope of Physical Research Laboratory. The principal science goals include photometric mapping of star forming regions and medium resolution spectroscopy of Young Stellar Objects, evolved stars and transient sources. The design goals are to achieve seeing-limited angular resolution in an un-vignetted field of view of ~ 8'x8' with 0.5" per pixel (of 18.5 μm) on a HgCdTe 1024×1024 infrared array, requiring a two-fold Cassegrain focal reduction. In addition to the imaging, the instrument is required to have spectroscopic capability with a resolving power of 103 in the 0.85 - 2.5 μm region, needing a dispersion of 1 nm per pixel. Finally, since our telescope has a moderate aperture, the throughput losses need to be minimized. The specifications are achieved by an optical design using 9 singlet lenses. Only those lens materials are chosen for which measured values are available for refractive indices at 77 K (detector operating temperature), changes of indices with temperature, and thermal coefficients of expansion. The design is optimized to give sharpest images at 77 K. The optical path is folded by 90° after collimation by a fold-mirror and re-imaged on the detector. The fold-mirror is replaced by a diffraction grating for spectrograph mode. In order to minimize the reflection losses, all the lenses will be anti-reflection coated for the full operating wavelength range. Details of the design are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 70142Y (14 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.788246
Show Author Affiliations
Boddapati Anandarao, Physical Research Lab., Ahmedabad (India)
Eric Harvey Richardson, Univ. of Victoria (Canada)
Abhijit Chakraborty, Physical Research Lab., Ahmedabad (India)
Harland Epps, Lick Observatories, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (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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