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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.
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).
5 March 2005
Two recent issues regarding T-ReCS optical performance have recently come to our attention.
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.
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).
mi> mireduce N20050903S0360 rawpath=datapath$ MIREDUCE MIREDUCE ------------------------------------------------------------------ MIREDUCE Log opened at [Sat 18:03:54 18-Feb-2006] MIREDUCE 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
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.
A list of bright telluric standard stars of spectral types B-G for calibration of Michelle spectra is provided below, along with estimated (in most cases) magnitudes at N and Q. Note the following advice on use of the stars in the list below.
The Pupil Lens Wheel is mounted between Fold Mirrors 1 and 2, close to the plane where the beam passes through the optical bench. By inserting a lens into the beam at this point, an image of the pupil (the telescope secondary mirror M2) is formed on the detector. The wheel has a diameter of ~XXX mm and has four positions.
The Aperture Stop wheel is positioned at the f/16 focal plane just inside the dewar. The 5-position wheel can hold up to 4 stops; the fifth position is reserved for the window imaging lens.