MegaMIR: A fizeau thermal infrared camera for the LBTI

A. K. Mainzer, Erick Young, John Hong, Philip M Hinz, Mike Werner, Varoujan Gorjan, Michael E. Ressler

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Abstract

The Megapixel Mid-infrared Instrument (MegaMIR) is a proposed Fizeau-mode camera for the Large Binocular Telescope operating at wavelengths between 5 and 28 μm. The camera will be used in conjunction with the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI), a cryogenic optical system that combines the beams from twin 8.4-m telescopes in a phase coherent manner. Unlike other interferometric systems, the co-mounted telescopes on the LET satisfy the sine condition, providing diffraction-limited resolution over the 40" field of view of the camera. With a 22.8-m baseline, MegaMIR will yield 0.1" angular resolution, making it the highest resolution wide field imager in the thermal infrared for at least the next decade. MegaMIR will utilize a newly developed 1024 × 1024 pixel Si:As detector array that has been optimized for use at high backgrounds. This new detector is a derivative of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) low-background detector. The combination of high angular resolution and wide field imaging will be a unique scientific capability for astronomy. Key benefits will be realized in planetary science, galactic, and extra-galactic astronomy. High angular resolution is essential to disentangle highly complex sources, particularly in star formation regions and external galaxies, and MegaMIR provides this performance over a full field of view. Because of the great impact being made by space observatories like the Spitzer Space Telescope, the number of available targets for study has greatly increased in recent years, and MegaMIR will allow efficient follow up science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume6269 I
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006
EventGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: May 25 2006May 29 2006

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OtherGround-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period5/25/065/29/06

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Infrared instruments
infrared instruments
Binoculars
Telescopes
Interferometers
interferometers
Cameras
cameras
telescopes
Infrared radiation
angular resolution
Astronomy
Detectors
astronomy
field of view
high resolution
detectors
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer
Space telescopes
Space Infrared Telescope Facility

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Mainzer, A. K., Young, E., Hong, J., Hinz, P. M., Werner, M., Gorjan, V., & Ressler, M. E. (2006). MegaMIR: A fizeau thermal infrared camera for the LBTI. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 6269 I). [626910] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.670380

MegaMIR : A fizeau thermal infrared camera for the LBTI. / Mainzer, A. K.; Young, Erick; Hong, John; Hinz, Philip M; Werner, Mike; Gorjan, Varoujan; Ressler, Michael E.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 6269 I 2006. 626910.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Mainzer, AK, Young, E, Hong, J, Hinz, PM, Werner, M, Gorjan, V & Ressler, ME 2006, MegaMIR: A fizeau thermal infrared camera for the LBTI. in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 6269 I, 626910, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy, Orlando, FL, United States, 5/25/06. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.670380
Mainzer AK, Young E, Hong J, Hinz PM, Werner M, Gorjan V et al. MegaMIR: A fizeau thermal infrared camera for the LBTI. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 6269 I. 2006. 626910 https://doi.org/10.1117/12.670380
Mainzer, A. K. ; Young, Erick ; Hong, John ; Hinz, Philip M ; Werner, Mike ; Gorjan, Varoujan ; Ressler, Michael E. / MegaMIR : A fizeau thermal infrared camera for the LBTI. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 6269 I 2006.
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