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29 September 2004 Characterization, testing, and operation of Omega2000 wide-field infrared camera
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Omega2000 is the first near infrared (NIR) wide field camera installed on the 3.5 m telescope at Calar Alto which operates with a 2kx2k HAWAII-2 FPA. Each component of the camera system must suit high requirements to exploit the facilities provided by the imaging sensor. To meet these requirements was a great challenge in design and realization of the optics, the mechanical part and the electronics. The cryogenic optical system with a warm mirror baffle can produce excellent optical quality and high sensitivity over the whole 15.4x15.4 arcmin field of view. The readout electronics together with the camera control software provide multi functional data acquisition and the camera control software can perform the readout and on-line data reduction simultaneously at a high data rate. Different operational and readout modes of the data acquisition of the detector both for engineering and scientific purpose were implemented, tested and optimized and the characteristics of three HAWAII-2 detectors were also determined in their hardware and software environment. Initial astronomical observations were carried out successfully in autumn 2003.
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Zoltan Kovacs, Ulrich Mall, Peter Bizenberger, Harald Baumeister, and Hermann-Josef Roser "Characterization, testing, and operation of Omega2000 wide-field infrared camera", Proc. SPIE 5499, Optical and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy, (29 September 2004);


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