20 February 2018 Dense grid of narrow bandpass filters for the JST/T250 telescope: summary of results
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On the Javalambre mountain in Spain, the Centro de Estudios de Fisica del Cosmos de Aragon has setup two telescopes, the JST/T250 and the JAST/T80. The JAST/T80 telescope integrates T80Cam, a large format, single CCD camera while the JST/T250 will mount the JPCam instrument, a 1.2Gpix camera equipped with a 14-CCD mosaic using the new large format e2v 9.2 k × 9.2 k 10 - μ m pixel detectors. Both T80Cam and JPCam integrate a large number of filters in dimensions of 106.8 × 106.8    mm 2 and 101.7 × 95.5    mm 2 , respectively. For this instrument, SCHOTT manufactured 56 specially designed steep edged bandpass interference filters, which were recently completed. The filter set consists of bandpass filters in the range between 348.5 and 910 nm and a longpass filter at 915 nm. Most of the filters have full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of 14.5 nm and a blocking between 250 and 1050 nm with optical density of OD5. Absorptive color glass substrates in combination with interference filters were used to minimize residual reflection in order to avoid ghost images. In spite of containing absorptive elements, the filters show the maximum possible transmission. This was achieved by using magnetron sputtering for the filter coating process. The most important requirement for the continuous photometric survey is the tight tolerancing of the central wavelengths and FWHM of the filters. This insures each bandpass has a defined overlap with its neighbors. A high image quality required a low transmitted wavefront error ( < λ / 4 locally and < λ / 2 on the whole aperture), which was achieved even by combining two or three substrates. We report on the spectral and interferometric results measured on the whole set of filters.
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Ulf Brauneck, Ruediger Sprengard, Sébastien Bourquin, Antonio Marín-Franch, "Dense grid of narrow bandpass filters for the JST/T250 telescope: summary of results," Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems 4(1), 015003 (20 February 2018). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JATIS.4.1.015003 . Submission: Received: 24 August 2017; Accepted: 22 January 2018
Received: 24 August 2017; Accepted: 22 January 2018; Published: 20 February 2018
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