18 August 2005 Colorado's near-infrared camera (a.k.a. NIC-FPS) commissioning on the ARC 3.5M telescope
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A second generation near-infrared instrument was built by the University of Colorado for the ARC 3.5 meter telescope and is being commissioned at the Apache Point Observatory. An initial engineering run, first light, commissioning observations, and initial facility science operations have been accomplished in the last year. Instrument imaging performance was good to excellent from first light and consortium observers began to employ the instrument on a shared-risk basis immediately after commissioning operations. Instrument optical and mechanical performance during this testing and operations phase are discussed. Detector system (Rockwell Hawaii-1RG 1024x1024 HgCdTe focal plane array with Leach controller) characteristics during these early operations are detailed along with ongoing efforts for system optimization. High resolution (R~10,000) spectroscopy is planned employing a Queensgate (now IC Optical) cryogenic Fabry-Perot etalon, though mechanical difficulties with the etalon precluded a system performance demonstration. The Consortium has decided that the instrument will retain the name NIC-FPS (Near Infrared Camera and Fabry-Perot Spectrometer) after commissioning.
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Fred Hearty, Fred Hearty, Stephane Beland, Stephane Beland, James Green, James Green, Nathaniel Cunningham, Nathaniel Cunningham, John Barentine, John Barentine, Meredith Drosback, Meredith Drosback, Robert Valentine, Robert Valentine, Anton Bondarenko, Anton Bondarenko, Carl Schmidt, Carl Schmidt, Joshua Walawender, Joshua Walawender, Cynthia Froning, Cynthia Froning, Jon Morse, Jon Morse, Patrick Hartigan, Patrick Hartigan, } "Colorado's near-infrared camera (a.k.a. NIC-FPS) commissioning on the ARC 3.5M telescope", Proc. SPIE 5904, Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments XI, 59040M (18 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.617593; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.617593


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