LRS-J: instrument design and characterization

Type Conference Paper
Names Joseph R. Tufts, Gary J. Hill, Phillip J. MacQueen, Marsha J. Wolf
Conference Name Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series
Volume 5492
Pages 1150-1159
Date September 1, 2004
Short Title LRS-J
Library Catalog NASA ADS
Abstract LRS-J is a 142 mm f / 1 near infrared (J-Band) camera designed as a drop in replacement for the optical camera installed on the Hobby--Eberly Telescope (HET) multi-object low resolution spectrograph (LRS). The Hawaii-1RG (H1RG) based instrument is liquid nitrogen cooled, but it mates to the warm LRS making use of the existing longslit and multi-object (MOS) units as well as the existing optical collimator. LRS-J utilizes a molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) based Hawaii-1RG (H1RG) detector. The design is a fully cryogenic catadioptric Maksutov-type, with the detector at the internal focus. This configuration produces excellent images, but presents particular challenges in the mounting of the detector. This is the first time that such an arrangement has been used in an astronomical instrument with an infrared detector. By replacing the conventional optical grisms with two 170 mm diameter near-IR VPH grisms, LRS-J covers the 0.9-1.3 μm bandpass with R ~ 1750-2000. We present the opto-mechanical design of LRS-J including the thermally self-compensating corrector doublet mount, and 100 μm/turn cryogenic mirror adjusters, FEA optimized vacuum housing, and custom Dewar. We also characterize the electrical and thermal connections necessary to mount the detector head in this unusually small inverted arrangement.
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