CIRCE

The Canarias InfraRed Camera Experiment for the Gran Telescopio Canarias

Stephen S. Eikenberry, Miguel Charcos, Michelle L. Edwards, Alan Garner, Nestor Lasso-Cabrera, Richard D. Stelter, Antonio Marin-Franch, S. Nicholas Raines, Kendall Ackley, John G. Bennett, Javier A. Cenarro, Brian Chinn, H. Veronica Donoso, Raymond Frommeyer, Kevin Hanna, Michael D. Herlevich, Jeff Julian, Paola Miller, Scott Mullin, Charles H. Murphey & 34 others Chris Packham, Frank Varosi, Claudia Vega, Craig Warner, A. N. Ramaprakash, Mahesh Burse, Sunjit Punnadi, Pravin Chordia, Andreas Gerarts, Héctor De Paz Martín, María Martín Calero, Riccardo Scarpa, Sergio Fernandez Acosta, William Miguel Hernández Sánchez, Benjamin Siegel, Francisco Francisco Pérez, Himar D.Viera Martín, José A.Rodríguez Losada, Agustín Nuñez, Álvaro Tejero, Carlos E.Martín González, César Cabrera Rodríguez, Jordi Molgó Sendra, J. Esteban Rodriguez, J. Israel Fernádez Cáceres, Luis A.Rodríguez García, Manuel Huertas Lopez, Raul Dominguez, Tim Gaggstatter, Antonio Cabrera Lavers, Stefan Geier, Peter Pessev, Ata Sarajedini, A. J. Castro-Tirado

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Abstract

The Canarias InfraRed Camera Experiment (CIRCE) is a near-infrared (1-2.5μm) imager, polarimeter and low-resolution spectrograph operating as a visitor instrument for the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) 10.4-m telescope. It was designed and built largely by graduate students and postdocs, with help from the University of Florida (UF) astronomy engineering group, and is funded by the UF and the US National Science Foundation. CIRCE is intended to help fill the gap in near-infrared capabilities prior to the arrival of Especrografo Multiobjecto Infra-Rojo (EMIR) to the GTC and will also provide the following scientific capabilities to compliment EMIR after its arrival: high-resolution imaging, narrowband imaging, high-time-resolution photometry, imaging polarimetry, and low resolution spectroscopy. In this paper, we review the design, fabrication, integration, lab testing, and on-sky performance results for CIRCE. These include a novel approach to the opto-mechanical design, fabrication, and alignment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1850002
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Astronomical Instrumentation
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • diamond-turned optics
  • Gran Telescopio Canarias
  • imaging
  • Near-infrared
  • polarimetry

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Eikenberry, S. S., Charcos, M., Edwards, M. L., Garner, A., Lasso-Cabrera, N., Stelter, R. D., ... Castro-Tirado, A. J. (2018). CIRCE: The Canarias InfraRed Camera Experiment for the Gran Telescopio Canarias. Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation, 7(1), [1850002]. https://doi.org/10.1142/S2251171718500022
Eikenberry, Stephen S. ; Charcos, Miguel ; Edwards, Michelle L. ; Garner, Alan ; Lasso-Cabrera, Nestor ; Stelter, Richard D. ; Marin-Franch, Antonio ; Raines, S. Nicholas ; Ackley, Kendall ; Bennett, John G. ; Cenarro, Javier A. ; Chinn, Brian ; Donoso, H. Veronica ; Frommeyer, Raymond ; Hanna, Kevin ; Herlevich, Michael D. ; Julian, Jeff ; Miller, Paola ; Mullin, Scott ; Murphey, Charles H. ; Packham, Chris ; Varosi, Frank ; Vega, Claudia ; Warner, Craig ; Ramaprakash, A. N. ; Burse, Mahesh ; Punnadi, Sunjit ; Chordia, Pravin ; Gerarts, Andreas ; Martín, Héctor De Paz ; Calero, María Martín ; Scarpa, Riccardo ; Acosta, Sergio Fernandez ; Sánchez, William Miguel Hernández ; Siegel, Benjamin ; Pérez, Francisco Francisco ; Martín, Himar D.Viera ; Losada, José A.Rodríguez ; Nuñez, Agustín ; Tejero, Álvaro ; González, Carlos E.Martín ; Rodríguez, César Cabrera ; Sendra, Jordi Molgó ; Rodriguez, J. Esteban ; Cáceres, J. Israel Fernádez ; García, Luis A.Rodríguez ; Lopez, Manuel Huertas ; Dominguez, Raul ; Gaggstatter, Tim ; Lavers, Antonio Cabrera ; Geier, Stefan ; Pessev, Peter ; Sarajedini, Ata ; Castro-Tirado, A. J. / CIRCE : The Canarias InfraRed Camera Experiment for the Gran Telescopio Canarias. In: Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation. 2018 ; Vol. 7, No. 1.
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In: Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation, Vol. 7, No. 1, 1850002, 01.03.2018.

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AU - Sánchez, William Miguel Hernández

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Eikenberry SS, Charcos M, Edwards ML, Garner A, Lasso-Cabrera N, Stelter RD et al. CIRCE: The Canarias InfraRed Camera Experiment for the Gran Telescopio Canarias. Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation. 2018 Mar 1;7(1). 1850002. https://doi.org/10.1142/S2251171718500022