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ARCONS: a 1024 pixel superconducting integral field spectrograph

O'Brien, Kieran and Mazin, Ben and McHugh, Sean and Meeker, Seth and Marsden, Danica and Bumble, Bruce (2012) ARCONS: a 1024 pixel superconducting integral field spectrograph. In: Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV. Proceedings of SPIE. Vol.8446. No.8446. SPIE , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 84460F. ISBN 9780819491473. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20160310-155121278

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Abstract

ARCONS, the Array Camera for Optical to Near-infrared Spectrophotometry, was recently commissioned at the Coude focus of the 200-inch Hale Telescope at the Palomar Observatory. At the heart of this unique instrument is a 1024-pixel Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detector (MKID), exploiting the Kinetic Inductance effect to measure the energy of the incoming photon to better than several percent. The ground-breaking instrument is lens coupled with a pixel scale of 0.23"/pixel, with each pixel recording the arrival time (< 2 _μsec) and energy of a photon (~10%) in the optical to near-IR (0.4-1.1 microns) range. The scientific objectives of the instrument include the rapid follow-up and classi_cation of the transient phenomena.


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Additional Information:© 2012 SPIE. We would like to thank the management and staff of the Palomar Observatory for their hard work and support during the commissioning of ARCONS. This material is based upon work supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under Grant NNX09AD54G, issued through the Science Mission Directorate, Jet Propulsion Labs Research & Technology Development Program, and a grant from the W.M. Keck Institute for Space Studies. Part of the research was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Official Citation:Kieran O'Brien ; Ben Mazin ; Sean McHugh ; Seth Meeker ; Danica Marsden and Bruce Bumble " ARCONS: a 1024 pixel superconducting integral field spectrograph ", Proc. SPIE 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 84460F (September 24, 2012); doi:10.1117/12.924920; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.924920
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