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The Zwicky Transient Facility Camera

Dekany, Richard and Smith, Roger M. and Belicki, Justin and Delacroix, Alexandre and Duggan, Gina and Feeney, Michael and Hale, David and Kaye, Stephen and Milburn, Jennifer and Murphy, Patrick and Porter, Michael and Reiley, Dan and Riddle, Reed and Rodriguez, Hector and Bellm, Eric (2016) The Zwicky Transient Facility Camera. In: Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI. Proceedings of SPIE. No.9908. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 99085M. ISBN 9781510601956.

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The Zwicky Transient Facility Camera (ZTFC) is a key element of the ZTF Observing System, the integrated system of optoelectromechanical instrumentation tasked to acquire the wide-field, high-cadence time-domain astronomical data at the heart of the Zwicky Transient Facility. The ZTFC consists of a compact cryostat with large vacuum window protecting a mosaic of 16 large, wafer-scale science CCDs and 4 smaller guide/focus CCDs, a sophisticated vacuum interface board which carries data as electrical signals out of the cryostat, an electromechanical window frame for securing externally inserted optical filter selections, and associated cryo-thermal/vacuum system support elements. The ZTFC provides an instantaneous 47 deg^2 field of view, limited by primary mirror vignetting in its Schmidt telescope prime focus configuration. We report here on the design and performance of the ZTF CCD camera cryostat and report results from extensive Joule-Thompson cryocooler tests that may be of broad interest to the instrumentation community.

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Duggan, Gina0000-0002-9256-6735
Riddle, Reed0000-0002-0387-370X
Bellm, Eric0000-0001-8018-5348
Additional Information:© 2016 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). ZTF is enabled by a private/public partnership, with major support from the National Science Foundation Mid-Scale Instrumentation Program (MSIP). Private partner participation includes major commitments from California Institute of Technology, USA; University of Maryland, USA; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Weizmann Institute for Science, Israel; Oskar Klein Centre at University of Stockholm, Sweden; and Humboldt University, Germany.
Group:Zwicky Transient Facility, Palomar Transient Factory
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University of MarylandUNSPECIFIED
University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeUNSPECIFIED
Weizmann Institute for ScienceUNSPECIFIED
University of StockholmUNSPECIFIED
Humboldt UniversityUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:CCD mosaic, cryostat, wide-field imaging, Schmidt telescope
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:9908
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Official Citation:Richard Dekany ; Roger M. Smith ; Justin Belicki ; Alexandre Delacroix ; Gina Duggan ; Michael Feeney ; David Hale ; Stephen Kaye ; Jennifer Milburn ; Patrick Murphy ; Michael Porter ; Daniel J. Reiley ; Reed L. Riddle ; Hector Rodriguez and Eric C. Bellm " The Zwicky Transient Facility Camera ", Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 99085M (August 9, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2234558;
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Deposited By: George Porter
Deposited On:16 Feb 2017 22:11
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