MIRFI - A MIDINFRARED FABRY-PEROT IMAGER

Citation
H. Watarai et al., MIRFI - A MIDINFRARED FABRY-PEROT IMAGER, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 108(729), 1996, pp. 1033-1041
Citations number
11
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Journal title
Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
ISSN journal
0004-6280 → ACNP
Volume
108
Issue
729
Year of publication
1996
Pages
1033 - 1041
Database
ISI
SICI code
0004-6280(1996)108:729<1033:M-AMFI>2.0.ZU;2-R
Abstract
We have constructed a mid-infrared Fabry-Perot imager (MIRFI) at Nagoy a University. At present, MIRFI is tuned to the 12.813 mu m fine-struc ture line of [Ne II], and it provides line images with a spectral reso lving power of R similar to 2500 over a 5x5 pixel Si:P photoconductive detector array. This array has a plate scale of 1.3'' pixel(-1) and a field of 8''x8'' when mounted on the 3-m NASA Infrared Telescope (IRT F). The Fabry-Perot driving mechanism utilizes solenoid magnets and is cooled by liquid He. MIRFI achieves background-limited performance, a nd its noise equivalent line flux sensitivity is currently 1.6x10(-20) W cm(-2) pixel(-1) per spectral resolution element for a 17-s on-sour ce integration on the IRTF. Future upgrade plans for MIRFI are also de scribed.