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Announcement to T-ReCS Users in Semester 2002A

Phil Puxley, Gemini Associate Director

22 February 2002

Progress is being made at the University of Florida towards preparing T-ReCS for pre-ship acceptance tests prior to its delivery to Gemini. Although substantially improved, issues remain with flexure and elevated system noise. In addition, several key measurements such as the internal cryostat background and characterisation of the science-grade detector have yet to be carried out.

T-ReCS Mounted on Gemini South

13 May 2003

After three weeks of integration and testing on Cerro Pachon, T-ReCS was successfully mounted on the Gemini South telescope today. The initial on-telescope test results show the same detector and optical characteristics as measured in the lab. First-light is scheduled for early June.

T-ReCS Completes Imaging Commissioning and begins System Verification Science Observations

16 September 2003

Commissioning of the principal imaging mode of T-ReCS was completed during the most recent run in September and the first science data for several System Verification (SV) programs have been obtained. This milestone was the culmination of several runs in June, July and August, often fighting against poor winter weather (e.g. 15 nights out of the first 20 unusable for mid-IR observing). 

Two Issues With T-ReCS Optical Performance

5 March 2005

Two recent issues regarding T-ReCS optical performance have recently come to our attention.

Filter and Window Changes; Implementation of an Occulting Bar

24 January 2008

Filter Red Leaks Fixed

The problems discussed in the 5 March 2005 Hot News concerning the red leaks in the Si-3 9.7 um and Si-4 10.4 um filters have been fixed. The old BaF2 blocking elements were replaced in November 2005 with CaF2 elements and have since been shown to be reliable in removing any light leaks.

Calculated Standard Star Flux Densities for Michelle Filters

A text file containing flux densities of standard stars calculated for the Michelle filters can be found at this link.The values in the file are in-band flux densities in Jy unless there is a "*" after the name, in which case the values in mJy. Those stars with values in mJy are calibration stars for SPITZER and so are unlikely to be used by Michelle. All values are calculated for zero airmass (i.e. outside the atmosphere).

Example mireduce output

mi> mireduce N20050903S0360 rawpath=datapath$
MIREDUCE ------------------------------------------------------------------
MIREDUCE Log opened at [Sat 18:03:54 18-Feb-2006]
MIREDUCE --------------------
MIREDUCE Input Parameters:
MIREDUCE      inimages       = N20050903S0360
MIREDUCE      outimages      = 
MIREDUCE      rawpath        = datapath$
MIREDUCE      outpref        = r
MIREDUCE      fl_background  = no
MIREDUCE      fl_view        = no
MIREDUCE      fl_mask        = no
MIREDUCE      bpm            = 
MIREDUCE      fl_flat        = no

Atmospheric Transmission Data

A set of atmospheric transmission files at resolutions comparable to those available with Michelle and T-ReCS is available below. The files were generated using ATRAN. All of them are for the summit of Mauna Kea, a telescope zenith angle of 30 degrees, and 1.6 mm of precipitable H2O.

The file format is: index, wavelength (um), transmission. Spectral sampling is 2 data points per resolution element.