NICMOS: Lessons learned for future space infrared instrumentation

K. S. Noll, L. E. Bergeron, T. Wiklind, S. Arribas, R. S. De Jong, S. Malhotra, B. Mobasher, E. Roye, A. Schultz, C. Xu, D. Calzetti, M. Dickinson, M. Sosey

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Temperature variations in the NICMOS detectors arise from a variety of thermal sources. These thermal variations lead to several image artifacts which must be removed before making quantitative scientific measurements from NICMOS data. Future instruments would do well to minimize sources of thermal instabilities in their detectors. A related problem is the inability to directly measure detector temperature from bias due to the instability of the low-voltage power supply in NICMOS. Identifying ways to directly monitor detector temperatures would be an important benefit for future missions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsJ.C. Mather
Number of pages8
EditionPART 1
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventOptical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telecopes - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 21 2004Jun 25 2004


OtherOptical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telecopes
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Hubble Space Telescope
  • Infrared Instrumentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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