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FLITECAM: early commissioning results

Logsdon, Sarah E. and McLean, Ian S. and Becklin, Eric E. and Dunham, Edward W. and Hamilton, Ryan T. and Johnson, Christopher A. and Milburn, Jennifer W. and Savage, Maureen L. and Shenoy, Sachindev S. and Smith, Erin C. and Vacca, William D. (2014) FLITECAM: early commissioning results. In: Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V. Proceedings of SPIE. No.9147. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 91472Y. ISBN 978-0-8194-9615-7.

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We present a status report and early commissioning results for FLITECAM, the 1-5 micron imager and spectrometer for SOFIA (the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy). In February 2014 we completed six flights with FLITECAM mounted in the FLIPO configuration, a co-mounting of FLITECAM and HIPO (High-speed Imaging Photometer for Occultations; PI Edward W. Dunham, Lowell Observatory). During these flights, the FLITECAM modes from ~1-4 μm were characterized. Since observatory verification flights in 2011, several improvements have been made to the FLITECAM system, including the elimination of a light leak in the FLITECAM filter wheel enclosure, and updates to the observing software. We discuss both the improvements to the FLITECAM system and the results from the commissioning flights, including updated sensitivity measurements. Finally, we discuss the utility of FLITECAM in the FLIPO configuration for targeting exoplanet transits.

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Additional Information:© 2014 SPIE. The authors wish to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the current FLITECAM project team at UCLA, including Ted Aliado, George Brims, and Ken Magnone. We also thank the entire flight support team at DAOF and USRA. FLITECAM is funded primarily by a grant from USRA.
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Subject Keywords:commissioning, spectrometer, near-infrared, SOFIA, airborne astronomy
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Issue or Number:9147
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Official Citation:Sarah E. Logsdon ; Ian S. McLean ; Eric E. Becklin ; Edward W. Dunham ; Ryan T. Hamilton ; Christopher Johnson ; Jennifer W. Milburn ; Maureen L. Savage ; Sachindev S. Shenoy ; Erin C. Smith ; William D. Vacca; FLITECAM: early commissioning results. Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 91472Y (July 8, 2014); doi:10.1117/12.2056874
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