2 January 2018 Optimization and performance of the Robert Stobie Spectrograph Near-InfraRed detector system
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J. of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 4(1), 014001 (2018). doi:10.1117/1.JATIS.4.1.014001
Abstract
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we are building and testing the near-infrared (NIR) spectrograph for the Southern African Large Telescope—RSS-NIR. RSS-NIR will be an enclosed cooled integral field spectrograph. The RSS-NIR detector system uses a HAWAII-2RG (H2RG) HgCdTe detector from Teledyne controlled by the SIDECAR ASIC and an Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCCA) ISDEC card. We have successfully characterized and optimized the detector system and report on the optimization steps and performance of the system. We have reduced the CDS read noise to ∼20 e− for 200 kHz operation by optimizing ASIC settings. We show an additional factor of 3 reduction of read noise using Fowler sampling techniques and a factor of 2 reduction using up-the-ramp group sampling techniques. We also provide calculations to quantify the conditions for sky-limited observations using these sampling techniques.
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Gregory Mosby, Briana L. Indahl, Nathan Eggen, Marsha J. Wolf, Eric J. Hooper, Kurt P. Jaehnig, Donald J. Thielman, Mahesh P. Burse, "Optimization and performance of the Robert Stobie Spectrograph Near-InfraRed detector system," Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems 4(1), 014001 (2 January 2018). http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JATIS.4.1.014001 Submission: Received 20 July 2017; Accepted 4 December 2017
Submission: Received 20 July 2017; Accepted 4 December 2017
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Radon

Spectrographs

Cadmium sulfide

Near infrared

Interference (communication)

Telescopes

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