24 December 2002 OmegaCAM - Technical Design and Performance
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The 256-Mega-Pixel imager OmegaCAM will become the wide-field camera at the VLT-Survey-Telescope of the ESO Paranal Observatory. The camera will cover 1 square-degree field of view at the 2.6-metre VST telescope with 16k×16k pixel resolution. The opto- and electro-mechanical design is the responsibility of a Dutch-German-Italian consortium whereas the cryogenic detector system is built by ESO. The design phase had been finalized with a successful Final-Design-Review in autumn 2001. Procurement and manufacturing is ongoing till the end of the year 2002 followed by an extensive testing period before Preliminary-Acceptance-in-Europe. The paper will present the camera design including the results of design analyses and performance assessments of which optical and finite-element-analyses will be emphasized. The actual design of large-format optical filters will be addressed as well. Their procurement turned out as a challenging issue.
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Harald E. Nicklas, Harald E. Nicklas, Reiner Harke, Reiner Harke, Walter Wellem, Walter Wellem, Klaus Reif, Klaus Reif, Konrad Kuijken, Konrad Kuijken, Bernard Muschielok, Bernard Muschielok, Enrico Cascone, Enrico Cascone, } "OmegaCAM - Technical Design and Performance", Proc. SPIE 4836, Survey and Other Telescope Technologies and Discoveries, (24 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.456682; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.456682


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