HAWC - a far-infrared camera for SOFIA

D. A. Harper, C. Allen, M. Amato, T. Ames, A. Bartels, S. Casey, R. Derro, Rh Evans, I. Gatley, S. Heimsath, A. Hermida, M. Jhabvala, J. Kastner, R. F. Loewenstein, S. H. Moseley

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When SOFIA enters operation, it will be the largest far-infrared telescope available, so it will have the best intrinsic angular resolution. HAWC (High-resolution Airborne Wideband Camera) is a far-infrared camera designed to cover the 40-300 micron spectral range at the highest possible angular resolution. Its purpose is to provide a sensitive, versatile, and reliable facility-imaging capability for SOFIA's user community during its first operational years. HAWC will utilize a 12×32 pixel array of bolometer detectors constructed using the ion-implanted silicon pop-up detector technology being developed at Goddard Space Flight Center. This new technology enables construction of close-packed, two-dimensional arrays of bolometers with high quantum efficiency and area filling factors of greater than 95%. The array will be cooled by an adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator and operated at a temperature of 0.2 K. HAWC data processing software will be developed within the context of an Observatory-wide 'data-cycle system' which will provide an integrated environment for proposal preparation, flight planning, data processing, calibration, analysis, and archiving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-53
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventAirborne Telescope Systems - Munich, Ger
Duration: Mar 27 2000Mar 28 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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