NICMOS: A second generation infrared instrument for the hubble space telescope

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NICMOS (the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer) is a second generation scientific instrument for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Three cryogenic cameras with 256x256 HgCdTe arrays provide diffraction limited imaging throughout the 0.8 - 2.5 μm spectral region. Grisms in one of the cameras produces multi-object spectroscopy for all objects in the field. Coronagraphic and polarization capabilities round out the NICMOS modes of operation. Scheduled for launch on the second HST maintenance mission in 1997, NICMOS has a five year on-orbit cryogenic lifetime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)509-519
Number of pages11
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Volume13
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993

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Infrared instruments
infrared instruments
Space telescopes
Hubble Space Telescope
Spectrometers
near infrared
spectrometer
Cameras
cameras
spectrometers
Infrared radiation
Cryogenics
cryogenics
diffraction
polarization
spectroscopy
maintenance
Orbits
Diffraction
Spectroscopy

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NICMOS : A second generation infrared instrument for the hubble space telescope. / Thompson, Rodger I.

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