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MegaMIR : the megapixel mid-infrared instrument for the large binocular telescope interferometer

Show simple item record Mainzer, Amanda K. Young, Erick Hong, John Werner, Mike Hinz, Phil Gorjan, Varoujan Ressler, Michael E. 2007-02-15T15:53:27Z 2007-02-15T15:53:27Z 2006-05-27
dc.identifier.citation SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation, Orlando, Florida, May 24 - 31, 2006. en
dc.identifier.clearanceno 06-1467
dc.description.abstract The Megapixel Mid-infrared Instrument (MegaMIR) is a proposed Fizeau-mode camera for the Large Binocular Telescope operating at wavelengths between 5 and 28 ?m. The camera will be used in conjunction with the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI), a cryogenic optical system that combines the beams from twin 8.4-m telescopes in a phase coherent manner. Unlike other interferometric systems, the co-mounted telescopes on the LBT satisfy the sine condition, providing diffraction-limited resolution over the 40" field of view of the camera. With a 22.8-m baseline, MegaMIR will yield 0.1" angular resolution, making it the highest resolution wide field imager in the thermal infrared for at least the next decade. MegaMIR will utilize a newly developed 1024 x 1024 pixel Si:As detector array that has been optimized for use at high backgrounds. This new detector is a derivative of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) low-background detector. The combination of high angular resolution and wide field imaging will be a unique scientific capability for astronomy. Key benefits will be realized in planetary science, galactic, and extra-galactic astronomy. High angular resolution is essential to disentangle highly complex sources, particularly in star formation regions and external galaxies, and MegaMIR provides this performance over a full field of view. Because of the great impact being made by space observatories like the Spitzer Space Telescope, the number of available targets for study has greatly increased in recent years, and MegaMIR will allow efficient follow up science. en
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2006. en
dc.subject infrared camera en
dc.subject brown dwarfs en
dc.subject ultraluminous galaxies en
dc.subject Megapixel Mid-infrared Instrument (MegaMIR) en
dc.subject anuglar resolution wide field imager
dc.title MegaMIR : the megapixel mid-infrared instrument for the large binocular telescope interferometer en
dc.type Preprint en

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