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25 July 2008 Day-one science with CanariCam, the Gran Telescopio Canarias multi-mode mid-infrared camera
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CanariCam is the facility multi-mode mid-IR camera developed by the University of Florida for the 10-meter Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) on La Palma. CanariCam has four science modes that provide the GTC community with an especially powerful research tool for imaging, grating spectroscopy, coronagraphy, and dual-beam polarimetry. Instrument commissioning in the laboratory at the University of Florida indicates that all modes perform as required, and the next step is on-telescope commissioning. After commenting on the instrument status, we will review key features of each of these science modes, with emphasis on illustrating each mode with science examples that put the system performance, particularly the anticipated sensitivity, into perspective.
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Charles M. Telesco, Christopher Packham, Christ Ftaclas, James H. Hough, Margaret M. Moerchen, Kevin T. Hanna, Jeffrey A. Julian, Frank Varosi, Roger E. Julian, Greg Bennett, Charles Murphey, Francisco Reyes, and Craig Warner "Day-one science with CanariCam, the Gran Telescopio Canarias multi-mode mid-infrared camera", Proc. SPIE 7014, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, 70140R (25 July 2008);


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