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ARCONS: a 1024 pixel superconducting integral field spectrograph
Author(s): Kieran O'Brien; Ben Mazin; Sean McHugh; Seth Meeker; Danica Marsden; Bruce Bumble
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Paper Abstract

ARCONS, the Array Camera for Optical to Near-infrared Spectrophotometry, was recently commissioned at the Coude focus of the 200-inch Hale Telescope at the Palomar Observatory. At the heart of this unique instrument is a 1024-pixel Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detector (MKID), exploiting the Kinetic Inductance effect to measure the energy of the incoming photon to better than several percent. The ground-breaking instrument is lens coupled with a pixel scale of 0.23"/pixel, with each pixel recording the arrival time (< 2 _μsec) and energy of a photon (~10%) in the optical to near-IR (0.4-1.1 microns) range. The scientific objectives of the instrument include the rapid follow-up and classi_cation of the transient phenomena

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84460F (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.924920
Show Author Affiliations
Kieran O'Brien, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Ben Mazin, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Sean McHugh, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Seth Meeker, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Danica Marsden, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Bruce Bumble, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8446:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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