9 August 2016 Conceptual design of wide-field focal plane with InGaAs image sensors
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We present a conceptual design to implement wide-field focal plane assembly with InGaAs image sensors which are being tested intensively and reveled to be promising for astronomical use. InGaAs image sensors are sensitive up to 1.7 microns and would open a new window for the wide-field near-infrared (NIR) imaging survey once large format sensors are developed. The sensors are not necessarily cooled down to below 100 K, which is the case for prevailing NIR image sensors such as HgCdTe, enabling us to develop the NIR camera based on the technique developed for the CCD camera in optical wavelength. The major technical challenges to employ InGaAS image sensors for wide-field NIR camera are implementation of focal plane assembly and thermal design. In this article, we discuss these difficulties and show how we can conquer based on our experience to build Hyper Suprime-Cam, which is a wide-field imager with 116 2k4k CCDs attached to Subaru Telescope.
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Y. Komiyama, Y. Komiyama, H. Nakaya, H. Nakaya, N. Kashikawa, N. Kashikawa, T. Uchida, T. Uchida, } "Conceptual design of wide-field focal plane with InGaAs image sensors", Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 99085X (9 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231569; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2231569
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