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30 September 2004 Program status of NEWFIRM, the wide-field infrared camera system for the NOAO 4-m telescopes
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The NEWFIRM program will provide a widefield IR imaging system optimized for survey programs on the NOAO 4-m telescopes in Arizona and Chile. The camera images a 28 x 28 arcminute field of view over 1-2.4 microns wavelength range with a 4K x 4K pixel array mosaic. We present an overview of camera design features including optics design, manufacture, and mounting; control of internal flexure between input and output focal planes; mosaic array mount design; and thermal design. We also discuss the status of other projects within the program: array control electronics, observation and pipeline reduction software, and production of the science grade array complement. The program is progressing satisfactorily and we expect to deliver the system to the northern 4-m telescope in 2005.
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Ronald G. Probst, Neil Gaughan, Marianne Abraham, John Andrew, Phil Daly, Edward Hileman, Mark Hunten, Ming Liang, K. M. Merrill, Roger Repp, and Richard Shaw "Program status of NEWFIRM, the wide-field infrared camera system for the NOAO 4-m telescopes", Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004);


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