Title

FORCAST: The facility mid-IR camera for SOFIA

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

10-9-2006

Abstract

We report on new development and testing of FORCAST, the Faint Object infraRed Camera for the SOFIA Telescope. FORCAST will offer dual channel imaging in discrete filters at 5 - 25 microns and 30 - 40 microns, with diffraction-limited imaging at wavelengths > 15 microns. FORCAST will have a plate scale of 0.75 arcsec per pixel, giving it a 3.2 arcmin × 3.2 arcmin FOV on SOFIA. In addition, a set of grisms will enable FORCAST to perform long slit and cross-dispersed spectroscopic observations at low to moderate resolution (R ∼ 140 - 1200) in the bandpasses 4.9 - 8.1 microns, 8.0 - 13.3 microns, 17.1-28.1 microns, and 28.6 - 37.4 microns. FORCAST has seen first light at the Palomar 200-inch telescope. It will be available for astronomical observations and facility testing at SOFIA first flight.

Publication Name

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering

Volume Number

6269 I

DOI

10.1117/12.671414

Article

626911

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