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CIRSI: the Cambridge infrared survey instrument for wide-field astronomy
Author(s): Craig D. Mackay; Richard G. McMahon; Martin G. Beckett; Meghan Gray; Richard S. Ellis; Andrew E. Firth; M. Hoenig; James R. Lewis; Steve R. Medlen; Ian Robert Parry; Jim M. Pritchard; Chris S. Sabbey
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Paper Abstract

The search for galaxies at redshifts > becomes increasingly difficult in the visible since most of the light emitted by these objects is redshifted into the near IR. The recent development of high-performance near IR arrays has made it practical to built a wide field survey instrument for operation in the near IR part of the spectrum. CIRSI, the Cambridge IR Survey Instrument, uses four of the Hawaii-1 MCT arrays each of which has 1024 by 1024 pixels. This paper describes a number of the novel feature of CIRSI and summarizes the present performance achieved by CIRSI and the scientific programs it is principally engaged in.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4008, Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors, (16 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.395448
Show Author Affiliations
Craig D. Mackay, Institute of Astronomy/Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Richard G. McMahon, Institute of Astronomy/Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Martin G. Beckett, Carnegie Observatories (United Kingdom)
Meghan Gray, Institute of Astronomy/Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Richard S. Ellis, Institute of Astronomy/Univ. of Cambridge and California Institute of Technology (United States)
Andrew E. Firth, Institute of Astronomy/Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
M. Hoenig, Institute of Astronomy/Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
James R. Lewis, Institute of Astronomy/Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Steve R. Medlen, Institute of Astronomy/Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Ian Robert Parry, Institute of Astronomy/Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Jim M. Pritchard, Institute of Astronomy/Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Chris S. Sabbey, Institute of Astronomy/Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4008:
Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors
Masanori Iye; Alan F. M. Moorwood, Editor(s)

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