Repackaging and characterizing of a HgCdTe CMOS infrared camera for the New Solar Telescope

Wenda Cao, Roy Coulter, Nicolas Gorceix, Philip R. Goode

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Abstract

The 1.6-meter New Solar Telescope (NST) is currently the world's largest aperture solar telescope. The NST is newly built at Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO). Among other instruments, the NST is equipped with several focal plane instruments operating in the near infrared (NIR). In order to satisfy the diverse observational requirements of these scientific instruments, a 1024 × 1024 HgCdTe TCM8600 CMOS camera manufactured by Rockwell Scientific Company has been repackaged and upgraded at Infrared Laboratories Inc. A new ND-5 dewar was designed to house the TCM8600 array with a low background filter wheel, inverted operation and at least 12 hours of hold time between fills. The repackaged camera will be used for high-resolution NIR photometry at the NST Nasmyth focus on the telescope and high-precision NIR spectro-polarimetry in the NST Coudé Lab below. In March 2010, this repackaged camera was characterized in the Coudé Lab at BBSO. This paper presents the design of new dewar, the detailed process of repackaging and characterizing the camera, and a series of test results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHigh Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy IV
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
EventHigh Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy IV - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 27 2010Jun 30 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume7742
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherHigh Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy IV
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period6/27/106/30/10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

Keywords

  • CMOS
  • FPA
  • Imaging
  • Infrared
  • Solar observation

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