FORCAST: A "first light" facility instrument for SOFIA
FORCAST is the "first light" U. S. science instrument to fly aboard SOFIA. FORCAST offers dual channel imaging in discrete filters at 5 - 25 microns and 30 - 40 microns, with diffraction-limited imaging at wavelengths > 15 microns. FORCAST has a plate scale of 0.75 arcsec per pixel, giving it a 3.2 arcmin x 3.2 arcmin FOV on SOFIA. We give a status update on FORCAST development, including the performance of new far-IR filters; design and performance of the calibration box; laboratory operations and performance; and results from ground-based and first flight operations. © 2010 Copyright SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering.
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Adams, Joseph D.; Herter, Terry L.; Gull, George E.; Schoenwald, Justin; Henderson, Charles P.; Keller, Luke D.; De Buizer, James M.; Stacey, Gordon J.; and Nikola, Thomas, "FORCAST: A "first light" facility instrument for SOFIA" (2010). Faculty Articles Indexed in Scopus. 1444.