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Opto-mechanical design of PANIC
Author(s): Josef W. Fried; Harald Baumeister; Armin Huber; Werner Laun; Ralf-Rainer Rohloff; M. Concepción Cárdenas
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Paper Abstract

PANIC, the Panoramic Near-Infrared Camera, is a new instrument for the Calar Alto Observatory. A 4x4 k detector yields a field of view of 0.5x0.5 degrees at a pixel scale of 0.45 arc sec/pixel at the 2.2m telescope. PANIC can be used also at the 3.5m telescope with half the pixel scale. The optics consists of 9 lenses and 3 folding mirrors. Mechanical tolerances are as small as 50 microns for some elements. PANIC will have a low thermal background due to cold stops. Read-out is done with MPIA's own new electronics which allows read-out of 132 channels in parallel. Weight and size limits lead to interesting design features. Here we describe the opto-mechanical design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 July 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7735, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 77353V (20 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857029
Show Author Affiliations
Josef W. Fried, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Harald Baumeister, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Armin Huber, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Werner Laun, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Ralf-Rainer Rohloff, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
M. Concepción Cárdenas, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7735:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III
Ian S. McLean; Suzanne K. Ramsay; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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