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Current Instrumental Developments In Infrared Astronomy
Author(s): Andrew D. MacGregor
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Paper Abstract

Infrared astronomy is considerably affected by the continuing advances in detectors, electronics and computing for control and instrumentation; it also makes important contributions in these areas. Ground-based astronomy at one to thirty-five microns is now background shot-noise limited for broadband photometry in most atmospheric windows. Present techniques under development emphasize higher spatial and spectral resolution, and on-line presentation of results. Telescope design has evolved to ensure lower instrumental contribution to the background radiation, and both imaging and positional control have improved to allow efficient utilization of the new instrumentation. In a non-specialist qualitative approach, some of the more interesting developments are briefly discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 November 1977
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0110, Industrial and Civil Applications of Infrared Technology, (9 November 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.955520
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Andrew D. MacGregor, Imperial College of Science and Technology (England)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0110:
Industrial and Civil Applications of Infrared Technology
W. D. Lawson, Editor(s)

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