Loki: A ground-layer adaptive optics high-resolution near-infrared survey camera

Christoph Baranec, Michael Lloyd-Hart, Michael Meyer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

4 Scopus citations


We present the design of a new high-resolution near-infrared survey camera that will take advantage of the wide corrected field afforded by the 6.5 m MMT's new multi-laser ground-layer adaptive optics (GLAO) system. GLAO technology will correct for turbulence close to the telescope aperture where typically 1/2 to 2/3 of the total atmospheric turbulence lies and is expected to deliver image widths of 0.1-0.2 arc seconds in the near-infrared across a wide range of seeing conditions. The new camera will use a 2 by 2 mosaic of JWST NIRCam detectors, 2048 × 2048 arrays sensitive from 0.6 - 2.5 μm based on Teledyne's HgCdTe HAWAII-2RG detector technology. The camera has a 4 arc minute square field, giving a plate scale of approximately 0.06 arc seconds/pixel, critically sampling the GLAO PSF. In addition, high resolution (0.25 arc seconds or better) multi-object spectroscopy can be supported with cold slit masks inside the dewar; allowing potentially hundreds of spectra to be obtained at once with resolutions of up to 10,000.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAstronomical Adaptive Optics Systems and Applications III
StatePublished - 2007
EventAstronomical Adaptive Optics Systems and Applications III - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 29 2007Aug 30 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherAstronomical Adaptive Optics Systems and Applications III
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Adaptive optics
  • Infrared instrumentation
  • Multi-object spectroscopy

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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