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16 August 2000 Integration and testing of the UKIRT imaging spectrometer (UIST)
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We present results on the integration and testing of an imaging spectrometer for the 1-5micrometers wavelength band. UIST offers high angular resolution imaging and spectroscopy and has been designed to exploit the best performance of the UK IR Telescope. In addition to imaging with 0.24arcsec and 0.12arcsec resolution, long-slit and cross-dispersed spectroscopy, UIST has an integral field mode using a reflective image slicer. An image rotator allows the slits and the rectangular field of view of the IFU to be oriented at any position angle on the sky. The UIST optical design relies on refractive optics with the spectroscopy provided by both replicated and direct-ruled grisms. The lenses are mounted in mechanical modules which also contain the mechanisms, such as the filter and slit wheels. The integration of the opto-mechanical system will be discussed. The high tolerances on positioning the optical components to be used under cryogenic conditions are achieved by mechanical alignment on an optical bench which is an integral part of the instrument. Initial tests of the cryogenic performance of the optics will be presented. The UIST detector is an 1024 by 1024 InSb 'ALADDIN' array from the Raytheon IR Center of Excellence. The array controller is modified from 'EDICT', a VME processor based system which was developed at the UK ATC to control the mid-IR arrays used in the MICHELLE spectrometer. Progress on the integration of the UIST detector and controller will be discussed.
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Suzanne K. Ramsay-Howat, Maureen A. Ellis, David C. Gostick, Peter R. Hastings, Mel Strachan, and Martyn Wells "Integration and testing of the UKIRT imaging spectrometer (UIST)", Proc. SPIE 4008, Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors, (16 August 2000);


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