AAS Meeting #193 - Austin, Texas, January 1999
Session 11. Observatories, Telescopes and Instruments
Display, Wednesday, January 6, 1999, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall 1

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[11.10] Testing Photometric Accuracy of the Spartan IR Camera

E-M Irrgang (Michigan State University)

A method for testing photometric accuracy of various detectors is presented. This simulation may be applied to detectors that are still in the design / development phase and includes detailed calculations to measure the predicted accuracy of the detector-to-be-built. This approach investigates the effect of a variable point spread function (PSF) across the field of view as compared to other sources of error including off-axis effects and vignetting, shot noise and sky background noise. In particular, this paper takes a first look at the proposed IR camera for the SOAR telescope (designed by Kuhn and Loh, Michigan State University) and its photometric capability.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: irrgang@pa.msu.edu

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