Volume 378, Number 2, November I 2001
|Page(s)||722 - 728|
|Section||Numerical methods and codes|
|Published online||15 November 2001|
NICS: The TNG Near Infrared Camera Spectrometer*
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
Corresponding author: C. Baffa, email@example.com
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
© ESO, 2001
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