AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 121 Pan-STARRS
Poster, Wednesday, 9:20am-6:30pm, January 11, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[121.01] The 1.4 Gigapixel Camera for Pan-STARRS

J. Tonry (Institute for Astronomy), Pan-STARRS Team

The Pan-STARRS prototype Telescope No. 1 (PS1) and the Pan-STARRS full array of telescopes (PS4) will each have an unprecedented 7 square degree field of view imaged with a 1.4 Gigapixel Camera using Orthognal Transfer CCDs (OTCCDs) for on-chip fast guiding and image stabilization. The OTCCDs have 10 micron pixels or 0.26 arcseconds on the sky. PS1 is scheduled for first light in spring of 2006, starting with a 350 megapixel camera,Test Camera 3 (TC3), followed by GPC1, the 1.4 gigapixel camera. We will present the latest results on: Lot 1 and 2 OTCCD Device status, testing, and performance; the prototype and latest version Controller performance; the TC3 and GPC1 Cryostat status; and camera software. Both TC3 and GPC1 cameras will have Shack-Hartmann and curvature wavefront sensing capabilities, these will also be presented. The Pan-STARRS Cameras are underdevelopment at the Institute for Astronomy in collaboration with Lincoln Laboratories, and the project includes contributions from the Maui High Performance Computing Center, SAIC, and AFRL.

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