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20 June 2000 FORCAST: a facility 5- to 40-μm camera for SOFIA
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We are constructing a facility-class, mid/far-infrared camera for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). The Faint Object infraRed CAmera for the Sofia Telescope (FORCAST) is a two-channel camera with selectable filters for continuum imaging in the 5 - 8, 17 - 25 micron, and/or 25 - 40 micron regions. The design supports simultaneous imaging in the two-channels. Using the latest 256 X 256 Si:As and Si:Sb blocked-impurity-band detector array technology to provide high-sensitivity wide- field imaging. FORCAST will sample images at 0.75 arcsec/pixel and have a 3.2' X 3.2' instantaneous field- of-view. Imaging is diffraction limited for lambda > 15 microns.
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Luke D. Keller, Terry L. Herter, Gordon J. Stacey, George E. Gull, Bruce Pirger, Justin Schoenwald, Harry Bowman, and Tomas Nikola "FORCAST: a facility 5- to 40-μm camera for SOFIA", Proc. SPIE 4014, Airborne Telescope Systems, (20 June 2000);


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