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First light with HiPERCAM on the GTC
Author(s): Vik Dhillon; Simon Dixon; Trevor Gamble; Paul Kerry; Stuart Littlefair; Steven Parsons; Thomas Marsh; Naidu Bezawada; Martin Black; Xiaofeng Gao; David Henry; David Lunney; Christopher Miller; Marc Dubbeldam; Timothy Morris; James Osborn; Richard Wilson; Jorge Casares; Teo Muñoz-Darias; Enric Pallé; Pablo Rodriguez-Gil; Tariq Shahbaz; Antonio de Ugarte Postigo
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Paper Abstract

HiPERCAM is a quintuple-beam imager that saw first light on the 4.2 m William Herschel Telescope (WHT) in October 2017 and on the 10.4 m Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) in February 2018. The instrument uses re- imaging optics and 4 dichroic beamsplitters to record ugriz (300–1000 nm) images simultaneously on its five CCD cameras. The detectors in HiPERCAM are frame-transfer devices cooled thermo-electrically to 90°C, thereby allowing both long-exposure, deep imaging of faint targets, as well as high-speed (over 1000 windowed frames per second) imaging of rapidly varying targets. In this paper, we report on the as-built design of HiPERCAM, its first-light performance on the GTC, and some of the planned future enhancements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 107020L (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312041
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Vik Dhillon, The Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Simon Dixon, The Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Trevor Gamble, The Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Paul Kerry, The Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Stuart Littlefair, The Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Steven Parsons, The Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Thomas Marsh, The Univ. of Warwick (United Kingdom)
Naidu Bezawada, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Martin Black, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Xiaofeng Gao, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
David Henry, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
David Lunney, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Christopher Miller, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Marc Dubbeldam, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Timothy Morris, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
James Osborn, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Richard Wilson, Durham Univ. (United Kingdom)
Jorge Casares, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
Univ. de La Laguna (Spain)
Teo Muñoz-Darias, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
Univ. de La Laguna (Spain)
Enric Pallé, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Univ. de La Laguna (Spain)
Pablo Rodriguez-Gil, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Univ. de La Laguna (Spain)
Tariq Shahbaz, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Univ. de La Laguna (Spain)
Antonio de Ugarte Postigo, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía - CSIC (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10702:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
Christopher J. Evans; Luc Simard; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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