Ground test characterization of the Muliband Imaging Photometer for SIRTF (MIPS)

Erick T. Young, George H. Rieke, James D. Cadien, Hervé A. Dole, Charles W. Englebracht, Karl D. Gordon, Gerald B. Heim, Douglas M. Kelly, John A. Stansberry

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We describe the ground testing and characterization of the Multiband Imaging Photometer for SIRTF (MIPS). This instrument is a camera with three focal plane arrays covering broad spectral bands centered at 24 μm, 70 μm, and 160 μm. The instrument features a variety of operation modes that permit accurate photometry, diffraction-limited imaging, efficient mapping, and low resolution spectral energy distribution determinations. The observational philosophy of MIPS relies heavily on the frequent use of internal relative calibration sources as well as a high level of redundancy in the data collection. We show that by using this approach, users of MIPS can expect very sensitive, highly repeatable observations of astronomical sources. The ground characterization program for MIPS involved a number of facilities including test dewars for focal-plane level testing, a specialized cryostat for instrument-level testing, and tests in the flight SIRTF Cryo-Telescope Assembly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-107
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002
EventIR Space Telescopes and Instruments - waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Aug 24 2002Aug 28 2002


  • Astronomy
  • Infrared
  • MIPS
  • Photometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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