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21 August 1998 Infrared array camera (IRAC) for the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF)
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The Space IR Telescope Facility (SIRTF) contains three focal plane instruments, one of which is the IR Array Camera (IRAC). IRAC is a four-channel camera that provides simultaneous 5.12 X 5.12 arcmin images at 3.6, 4.5, 5.8 and 8 microns. The pixel size is 1.2 arcsec in all bands. Two adjacent fields of view in the SIRTF focal plane are viewed by the four channels in pairs. All four detector arrays in the camera are 256 by 256 pixels in size, with the two short wavelength channels using InSb and the two longer wavelength channels using Si:As IBS detectors. The IRAC sensitivities at 3.6, 4.5, 5.8, and 8.0 microns are 6, 7, 36, and 54 microJanskys, respectively. Two of the most important scientific objectives of IRAC will be to carry out surveys to study galaxy formation and evolution during the early stage of the Universe, and to search for brown dwarfs and superplanets.
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Giovanni G. Fazio, Joseph L. Hora, Steven P. Willner, John R. Stauffer, Michael L. N. Ashby, Zhong Wang, Eric V. Tollestrup, Judith L. Pipher, William J. Forrest, Craig R. McCreight, Samuel Harvey Moseley Jr., William F. Hoffmann, Peter Eisenhardt, and Edward L. Wright "Infrared array camera (IRAC) for the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF)", Proc. SPIE 3354, Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation, (21 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317225; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.317225
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