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Wide Field Camera 3: a powerful new imager for the Hubble Space Telescope
Author(s): Randy A. Kimble; John W. MacKenty; Robert W. O'Connell; Jacqueline A. Townsend
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Paper Abstract

Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) is a powerful UV/visible/near-infrared camera that has just completed development for installation into the Hubble Space Telescope during upcoming Servicing Mission 4. WFC3 provides two imaging channels. The UVIS channel incorporates a 4102 × 4096 pixel CCD focal plane with sensitivity from 200 to 1000 nm and a 162 × 162 arcsec field of view. The UVIS channel features unprecedented sensitivity and field of view in the near ultraviolet for HST, as well as a rich filter set that complements the visible capabilities of the HST/Advanced Camera for Surveys, whose repair will be attempted in the Servicing Mission. The IR channel features a 1024 × 1024 pixel HgCdTe focal plane covering 850 to 1700 nm with a 136 × 123 arcsec field of view, providing a major advance in IR survey efficiency for HST. We report here on the design of the instrument, on recent activities that have completed the integration of the instrument for flight, and on results of the ground test and calibration program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7010, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 70101E (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789581
Show Author Affiliations
Randy A. Kimble, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
John W. MacKenty, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Robert W. O'Connell, Univ. of Virginia (United States)
Jacqueline A. Townsend, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7010:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Mattheus W. M. de Graauw; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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