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An update on the development of IO:I: a NIR imager for the Liverpool Telescope
Author(s): R. M. Barnsley; I. A. Steele; S. D. Bates; C. J. Mottram
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Paper Abstract

IO:I is a new instrument in development for the Liverpool Telescope, extending current imaging capabilities beyond the optical and into the near infrared. Cost has been minimised by use of a previously decommissioned instrument’s dewar as the base for a prototype, and retrofitting it with a 1.7μm cutoff Hawaii-2RG HgCdTe detector, SIDECAR ASIC controller and JADE2 interface card. Development of this prototype is nearing completion and will be operational mid 2014. In this paper, the mechanical, electronic and cryogenic facets of the dewar retrofitting process will be discussed together with a description of the instrument control system software/hardware setup. Finally, a brief overview of some initial testing undertaken on the engineering grade array will be given, along with future commissioning plans for the instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 July 2014
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 914737 (8 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055508
Show Author Affiliations
R. M. Barnsley, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
I. A. Steele, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
S. D. Bates, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)
C. J. Mottram, Liverpool John Moores Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9147:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V
Suzanne K. Ramsay; Ian S. McLean; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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