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30 September 2004 FISICA: the Florida image slicer for infrared cosmology and astrophysics
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We report on the design and status of the Florida Image Slicer for Infrared Cosmology and Astrophysics (FISICA) - a fully-cryogenic all-reflective image-slicing integral field unit for the FLAMINGOS near-infrared spectrograph. Designed to accept input beams near f/15, FISICA with FLAMINGOS provides R~1300 spectra over a 16x33-arcsec field-of-view on the Cassegrain f/15 focus of the KPNO 4-meter telescope, or a 6x12-arcsec field-of-view on the Nasmyth or Bent Cassegrain foci of the Gran Telescopio Canarias 10.4-meter telescope. FISICA accomplishes this using three sets of “monolithic” powered mirror arrays, each with 22 mirrored surfaces cut into a single piece of aluminum. We review the optical and opto-mechanical design and fabrication of FISICA, as well as laboratory test results for FISICA integrated with the FLAMINGOS instrument. We also discuss plans for first-light observations on the KPNO 4-meter telescope in July 2004.
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Stephen S. Eikenberry, Richard Elston, Rafael Guzman, Jeff Julian, S. Nicholas Raines, Nicolas Gruel, Glenn Boreman, Paul E. Glenn, C. Gregory Hull-Allen, Jeff Hoffman, Michael Rodgers, Kevin Thompson, Scott Flint, Lovell Comstock, and Bruce Myrick "FISICA: the Florida image slicer for infrared cosmology and astrophysics", Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004);

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