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SCUBA: a submillimeter camera operating on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope

Holland, Wayne S., Cunningham, C. R., Gear, Walter Kieran, Jenness, T., Laidlaw, K., Lightfoot, J. F. and Robson, E. I. 1998. SCUBA: a submillimeter camera operating on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope. In: Phillips, Thomas ed. Advanced Technology MMW, Radio, and Terahertz Telescopes, Proceedings of SPIE, vol. 3357. Bellingham, WA: SPIE Press, pp. 305-318. (10.1117/12.317366)

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The Submillimeter Common-User Bolometer Array (SCUBA) is one of a new generation of cameras designed to operate in the submillimeter waveband. The instrument has a wide wavelength range covering all the atmospheric transmission windows between 300 and 2000 micrometer. In the heart of the instrument are two arrays of bolometers optimized for the short (350/450 micrometer) and long (750/850 micrometer) wavelength ends of the submillimeter spectrum. The two arrays can be used simultaneously, giving a unique dual-wavelength capability, and have a 2.3 arc-minute field of view on the sky. Background-limited performance is achieved by cooling the arrays to below 100 mK. SCUBA has now been in active service for over a year, and has already made substantial breakthroughs in many areas of astronomy. In this paper we present an overview of the performance of SCUBA during the commissioning phase on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT).

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Publisher: SPIE Press
ISBN: 9780819428042
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:19

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