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ARCONS: a Highly Multiplexed Superconducting UV-to-Near-IR Camera

O'Brien, Kieran and Mazin, Ben and McHugh, Sean and Meeker, Seth and Bumble, Bruce (2012) ARCONS: a Highly Multiplexed Superconducting UV-to-Near-IR Camera. In: New Horizons in Time Domain Astronomy. IAU Symposium Proceedings Series. Vol.7. No.S285. Cambridge University Press , Cambridge, pp. 385-388. ISBN 9781107019850.

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ARCONS, the Array Camera for Optical to Near-infrared Spectrophotometry, was recently commissioned at the coudé 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, each pixel recording the arrival time (< 2 μ sec) 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 classification of transient phenomena.

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Additional Information:© 2012 International Astronomical Union. We would like to thank the management and staff of Palomar Observatory for their hard work and support during the commissioning of ARCONS. Material in this paper is based upon work supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under Grant NNX09AD54G, issued through the Science Mission Directorate, Jet Propulsion Lab’s 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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Subject Keywords:instrumentation : detectors, instrumentation : spectrographs , pulsars : individual (Crab)
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Issue or Number:S285
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