Cryogenic optical bendi: A multifunction camera for infrared astronomy

Ronald G. Probst, Tim Ellis, Albert M. Fowler, Ian Gatley, Gerald Heim, K. Michael Merrill

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The Cryogenic Optical Bendi (COB) is a 1-4 micron infrared array camera with multiple cold spectral and spatial filtering capabilities which can be combined in a variety of configurations. The array is driven by a transputer based high speed data system using fiber optic links and dedicated processors. We describe the instrument functions and die mechanical optical, electronic and cryogenic implementation. COB is a facility instrument at Kitt Peak National Observatory, available for use by scientists worldwide on the basis of scientific merit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)695-702
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jun 1 1994
Externally publishedYes
EventInstrumentation in Astronomy VIII 1994 - Kailua, Kona, United States
Duration: Mar 13 1994Mar 18 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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