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Rocketborne instrument to search for infrared emission from baryonic dark matter in galactic halos

Bock, James J. and Kawada, Mitsunobu and Lange, Andrew E. and Matsumoto, Toshio and Uemizu, Kazunori and Watabe, Toyoki and Yost, Sarah A. and Fazio, Giovanni G. and Forrest, William J. and Pipher, Judith L. and Price, Stephan D. (1998) Rocketborne instrument to search for infrared emission from baryonic dark matter in galactic halos. In: Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation. Proceedings of SPIE. No.3354. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, pp. 1139-1149. ISBN 9780819428011.

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We describe the design and performance of the near IR telescope experiment (NITE), a rocket-borne instrument designed to search for IR emission from baryonic dark matter in the halos of nearby edge-on spiral galaxies. A 256 X 256 InSb array at the focus of a 16.5 cm liquid-helium- cooled telescope achieves near-background-limited sensitivity in a 3.5-5.5 micrometers waveband where the local foreground from zodiacal emission is at a minimum. This experiment represents the first scientific application of a low-background IR InSb array, a precursor to the InSb arrays intended for SIRTF, in a space-borne observation. We describe the flight performance of the instrument and preliminary scientific result from an observation of NGC 4565.

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Bock, James J.0000-0002-5710-5212
Matsumoto, Toshio0000-0001-6066-5221
Fazio, Giovanni G.0000-0002-0670-0708
Additional Information:© 1998 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). We would like to thank the payload team involved in our 1997 flight for their dedicated efforts. This research was supported by a grant from the Caltech President's Fund, NASA grant NAG5-4079, and by Grant-in-Aid 06402002 for Scientific Research from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science, Sports, and Culture.
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Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)06402002
Subject Keywords:Infrared astronomy, InSb, galactic halos, baryonic matter
Series Name:Proceedings of SPIE
Issue or Number:3354
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Official Citation:James J. Bock, Mitsunobu Kawada, Andrew E. Lange, Toshio Matsumoto, Kazunori Uemizu, Toyoki Watabe, S. A. Yost, Giovanni G. Fazio, William J. Forrest, Judith L. Pipher, Stephan D. Price, "Rocketborne instrument to search for infrared emission from baryonic dark matter in galactic halos", Proc. SPIE 3354, Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation, (21 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317239;
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