Application of HAWAII-2 FPAs for an astronomical wide field imager and multi-object spectrograph

Yuka Katsuno, Takashi Ichikawa, Daigo Matsumoto, Ken'ichiro Asai, Ryuji Suzuki, Chihiro Tokoku, Kenshi Yanagisawa, Tetsuo Nishimura

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We use the HAWAII-2 (2048 × 2048 HgCdTe) FPAs in MOIRCS (Multi-Object Infra-Red Camera and Spectrograph) for the astronomical use on the Subaru telescope. MOIRCS, which is currently being constructed by Tohoku University and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, is one of the second generation instruments for Subaru. It will provide the wide-field imaging mode (4 × 7 arcmin2) and the multi-object spectroscopy mode with the wavelength range of 0.8 to 2.5 μm. To achieve the large field of view with the high spatial resolution, we use two large-format near-infrared arrays, HAWAII-2. We have developed an infrared array control system specially designed for flexible control and efficient data acquisition of the HAWAII-2 arrays. The array control system, TUFPAC, consists of a personal computer operated by LINUX OS and commercially available DSP boards. By using TUFPAC and the cryostat for array tests, we have made tests of the HAWAII-2 array. In this paper, we report on our array control system and the results of various performance tests for the HAWAII-2 array.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-99
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Dec 1
EventInfrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing X - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: 2002 Jul 102002 Jul 11


  • Data Acquisition System
  • HAWAII-2
  • Infrared Astronomy
  • Infrared FPA
  • Multi-Object Spectrograph
  • Performance
  • Wide-field Camera

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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