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Volume 378, Number 2, November I 2001
Page(s) 722 - 728
Section Instruments, observational techniques and data processing
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20011194

A&A 378, 722-728 (2001)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20011194

NICS: The TNG Near Infrared Camera Spectrometer

C. Baffa1, G. Comoretto1, S. Gennari1, F. Lisi1, E. Oliva1, 2, V. Biliotti1, A. Checcucci1, V. Gavrioussev3, E. Giani1, F. Ghinassi2, L. K. Hunt3, R. Maiolino1, F. Mannucci3, G. Marcucci4, M. Sozzi3, P. Stefanini1 and L. Testi1

1  Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Largo E. Fermi 5, 50125 Firenze, Italy
2  Centro Galileo Galilei, Santa Cruz De La Palma, TF, La Palma, Spain
3  Centro per l'Astronomia Infrarossa e lo Studio del Mezzo Interstellare-CNR, Largo E. Fermi 5, 50125 Firenze, Italy
4  Dipartimento di Astronomia e Scienze dello Spazio, Università di Firenze, Largo E. Fermi 5, 50125 Firenze, Italy

(Received 14 May 2001 / Accepted 16 August 2001)

NICS (the Near Infrared Camera Spectrometer) is a cooled near-infrared camera-spectrometer that has been developed by the Arcetri Infrared Group at the Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory, in collaboration with the CAISMI-CNR for the TNG (the Italian National Telescope Galileo at La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain). As NICS is in its scientific commissioning phase, we report its observing capabilities in the near-infrared bands at the TNG, along with the measured performance and the limiting magnitudes. We also describe some technical details of the project, such as cryogenics, mechanics, and the system which executes data acquisition and control, along with the related software.

Key words: instrumentation: spectrographs -- instrumentation: polarimeters

Offprint request: C. Baffa, cbaffa@arcetri.astro.it

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