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Cooling the dark energy camera CCD array using a closed-loop two-phase liquid nitrogen system
Author(s): H. Cease; D. DePoy; G. Derylo; H. T. Diehl; J. Estrada; B. Flaugher; K. Kuk; S. Kuhlmann; A. Lathrop; K. Schultz; R. J. Reinert; R. L. Schmitt; A. Stefanik; A. Zhao
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Paper Abstract

The Dark Energy Camera (DECam) is the new wide field prime-focus imager for the Blanco 4m telescope at CTIO. This instrument is a 3 sq. deg. camera with a 45 cm diameter focal plane consisting of 62 2k × 4k CCDs and 12 2k × 2k CCDs and was developed for the Dark Energy Survey that will start operations at CTIO in 2011. The DECam CCD array is inside the imager vessel. The focal plate is cooled using a closed loop liquid nitrogen system. As part of the development of the mechanical and cooling design, a full scale prototype imager vessel has been constructed and is now being used for Multi-CCD readout tests. The cryogenic cooling system and thermal controls are described along with cooling results from the prototype camera. The cooling system layout on the Blanco telescope in Chile is described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7739, Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation, 77393N (26 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857995
Show Author Affiliations
H. Cease, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
D. DePoy, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
G. Derylo, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
H. T. Diehl, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
J. Estrada, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
B. Flaugher, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
K. Kuk, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
S. Kuhlmann, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
A. Lathrop, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
K. Schultz, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
R. J. Reinert, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
R. L. Schmitt, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
A. Stefanik, Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
A. Zhao, Argonne National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7739:
Modern Technologies in Space- and Ground-based Telescopes and Instrumentation
Eli Atad-Ettedgui; Dietrich Lemke, Editor(s)

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