Title

FIrst science observations with SOFIA/forcast: The forcast mid-infrared camera

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-20-2012

Abstract

The Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) completed its first light flight in May of 2010 using the facility mid-infrared instrument FORCAST. Since then, FORCAST has successfully completed 13 science flights on SOFIA. In this Letter, we describe the design, operation, and performance of FORCAST as it relates to the initial three Short Science flights. FORCAST was able to achieve near-diffraction-limited images for λ > 30μm allowing unique science results from the start with SOFIA. We also describe ongoing and future modifications that will improve overall capabilities and performance of FORCAST. © 2012. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

Publication Name

Astrophysical Journal Letters

Volume Number

749

Issue Number

2

DOI

10.1088/2041-8205/749/2/L18

Article

L18

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