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9 July 2008 A new mid-infrared camera for ground-based 30 micron observations: MAX38
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We are developing a new infrared camera MAX38 (Mid-infrared Astronomical eXplorer) for long mid-infrared (25-40 micron) astronomy for the Univ. of Tokyo Atacama 1.0-meter telescope which is the world highest infrared telescope at 5,640m altitude. Thanks to the high altitude and dry weather condition of the Atacama site we can access the 30-micron wavelength region from ground-based telescopes for the first time in the world. We employ a Si:Sb 128×128 array detector to cover the wide mid-infrared wavelength range from 8 to 38 micron. The development of the MAX38 has been almost completed. Test observations in N-band wavelength at Hiroshima Kanata telescope (Hiroshima, Japan) was successfully carried out on June 2007 and March 2008. The first 30-micron observation at Atacama is scheduled in the spring of 2009.
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Takashi Miyata, Shigeyuki Sako, Tomohiko Nakamura, Takashi Onaka, and Hirokazu Kataza "A new mid-infrared camera for ground-based 30 micron observations: MAX38", Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 701428 (9 July 2008); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.787739
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