AAS 203rd Meeting, January 2004
Session 46 Instrumentation for HST and Sirtf
Poster, Tuesday, January 6, 2004, 9:20am-6:30pm, Grand Hall

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[46.04] Status and Performance of HST/Wide Field Camera 3

R. A. Kimble (NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center), J. W. MacKenty (Space Telescope Science Institute), R. W. O'Connell (University of Virginia), Wide Field Camera 3 Team

The HST Wide Field Camera 3 is a panchromatic UV-visible-near infrared camera whose development is currently nearing completion, for a planned installation into the Hubble Space Telescope during Servicing Mission 4. WFC3 provides two imaging channels. The UVIS channel features a 4096 x 4096 pixel CCD focal plane with sensitivity from 200 to 1000 nm and a 160 x 160 arcsec field of view. The UVIS channel provides unprecedented sensitivity and field of view in the near ultraviolet for HST. The IR channel features a 1014 x 1014 pixel HgCdTe focal plane covering 850 to 1700 nm with a 135 x 135 arcsec field of view, providing an order of magnitude increase in J+H band surveying efficiency for HST. WFC3 offers a rich complement of filters and grisms in each channel. The construction of WFC3 is nearly complete, and the instrument is well into its integration and test program. We present the current status of the instrument and its projected scientific performance when installed into HST.

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