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Development of the MIC photon-counting detector for astronomical applications
Author(s): John L. A. Fordham; David A. Bone; Timothy J. Norton; Peter David Read
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Paper Abstract

The MIC, a 40-mm intensified microchannel-plate photo-counting detector being developed for the Anglo-Australian, Isaac Newton, and William Herschel telescopes, is described and illustrated with diagrams and sample spectra. The MIC is linked by optical fibers to a fast-scanning CCD detector, and an accurate centroiding technique is applied to yield an effective maximum of 3104 x 2304 10.6-micron pixels, for field-averaged resolution 27 microns FWHM. Applications include high-resolution spectroscopy, especially in the blue, and Fabry-Perot and speckle interferometry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1235, Instrumentation in Astronomy VII, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19126
Show Author Affiliations
John L. A. Fordham, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
David A. Bone, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Timothy J. Norton, Imperial College of Science, Tech. and Medicine (United States)
Peter David Read, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1235:
Instrumentation in Astronomy VII
David L. Crawford, Editor(s)

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