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24 September 2012 On-sky operations and performance of LMIRcam at the Large Binocular Telescope
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The L/M-band (3−5 μm) InfraRed Camera (LMIRcam) sits at the combined focal plane of the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI), ultimately imaging the coherently combined focus of the LBT’s two 8.4-meter mirrors. LMIRcam achieved first light at the LBT in May 2011 using a single AO-enabled 8.4-meter aperture. With the delivery of LBT’s final adaptive secondary mirror in Fall of 2011, dual-aperture AO-corrected interferometric fringes were realized in April 2012. We report on the performance of these configurations and characterize the noise performance of LMIRcam’s HAWAII-2RG 5.3-μm cutoff array paired with Cornell FORCAST readout electronics. In addition, we describe recent science highlights and discuss future improvements to the LMIRcam hardware.
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J. M. Leisenring, M. F. Skrutskie, P. M. Hinz, A. Skemer, V. Bailey, J. Eisner, P. Garnavich, W. F. Hoffmann, T. Jones, M. Kenworthy, P. Kuzmenko, M. Meyer, M. Nelson, T. J. Rodigas, J. C. Wilson, and V. Vaitheeswaran "On-sky operations and performance of LMIRcam at the Large Binocular Telescope", Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84464F (24 September 2012); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.924814
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