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First observations with SuperCam and future plans
Author(s): Jenna Kloosterman; Tiara Cottam; Brandon Swift; David Lesser; Paul Schickling; Christopher Groppi; Michael Borden; Allison Towner; Per Schmidt; Craig Kulesa; Christian d'Aubigny; Christopher Walker; Dathon Golish; Sander Weinreb; Glenn Jones; Hamdi Mani; Jacob Kooi; Art Lichtenberger; Patrick Puetz; Gopal Narayanan
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Paper Abstract

Supercam is a 345 GHz, 64-pixel heterodyne imaging array for the Heinrich Hertz Submillimeter Telescope (HHSMT). By integrating SIS mixer devices with Low Noise Ampliers (LNAs) in 8 - 1x8 pixel modules, the size needed for the cryostat and the complexity of internal wiring is signicantly reduced. All subsystems including the optics, cryostat, bias system, IF boxes, and spectrometer have been integrated for all 64 pixels. In the spring of 2012, SuperCam was installed on the HHSMT for an engineering run where it underwent system level tests and performed rst light observations. In the fall of 2012 SuperCam will begin a 500 square degree survey of the Galactic Plane in 12CO J=3-2. This large-scale survey will help answer fundamental questions about the formation, physical conditions, and energetics of molecular clouds within the Milky Way. The data set will be available via the web to all interested researchers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8452, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 845204 (27 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925088
Show Author Affiliations
Jenna Kloosterman, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Tiara Cottam, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Brandon Swift, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
David Lesser, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Paul Schickling, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Christopher Groppi, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Michael Borden, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Allison Towner, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Per Schmidt, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Craig Kulesa, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Christian d'Aubigny, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Christopher Walker, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Dathon Golish, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Sander Weinreb, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Glenn Jones, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Hamdi Mani, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Jacob Kooi, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Art Lichtenberger, Univ. of Virginia (United States)
Patrick Puetz, Univ. of Cologne (Germany)
Gopal Narayanan, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8452:
Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
Wayne S. Holland, Editor(s)

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