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Because TEXES is background photon noise limited and both the instrumental response and the background flux depend on wavelength, the instrument sensitivity depends strongly on wavelength and spectral resolution. Proposers are encouraged to contact TEXES team members for sensitivity estimates for observations at specific wavelengths, but can make initial estimates based on the table below.
When performing electrical troubleshooting at Gemini North telescope facility on Wednesday, February 26, one of our electrical specialists accidentally contacted a powered circuit and received an electrical shock. He was evacuated and evaluated at the nearest medical facility, and he has been released and advised that he could go back to work.
Gemini Observatory invites its community to propose scientific investigations for the 2014B semester, 1 August 2014 - 31 January 2015.
The original GMOS-N detector array consisted of three 2048x4608 EEV chips arranged in a row. This array was replaced by e2v deep depletion devices in October 2011.
The table below gives a summary of the original EEV detector/controller characteristics.
Detector characteristics are given in this section. Note that the GMOS-South detectors will be upgraded for 14B. Note also that the telescope optics are now silver-coated, reducing the system throughput in the blue.
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