21 August 1998 Long-wavelength infrared camera (LWIRC): a 10-μm camera for the Keck telescope
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Proceedings Volume 3354, Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation; (1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317285
Event: Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation, 1998, Kona, HI, United States
Abstract
The long wavelength IR camera is a facility instrument for the Keck Observatory designed to operate at the f/25 forward Cassegrain focus of the Keck I telescope. The camera operates over the wavelength band 7-13 micrometers using ZnSe transmissive optics. A set of filters, a circular variable filter, and a mid-IR polarizer are available, as are three plate scales: 0.05 inch, 0.10 inch, 0.12 inch per pixel. The camera focal plane array and optics are cooled using liquid helium. The system has been refurbished with a 128 X 128 pixel Si:As detector array. The electronics readout system used to clock the array is compatible wit both the hardware and software of the other Keck IR instruments NIRC and LWS. A new pre-amplifier/A-D converter has been designed and constructed which decreases greatly the system susceptibility to noise.
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Edward H. Wishnow, William C. Danchi, Peter G. Tuthill, Ronald E. Wurtz, J. Garrett Jernigan, John F. Arens, "Long-wavelength infrared camera (LWIRC): a 10-μm camera for the Keck telescope", Proc. SPIE 3354, Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation, (21 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317285; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.317285
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