On-sky operations and performance of LMIRcam at the Large Binocular Telescope

J. M. Leisenring, M. F. Skrutskie, P. M. Hinz, A. Skemer, V. Bailey, J. Eisner, P. Garnavich, W. F. Hoffmann, T. Jones, M. Kenworthy, P. Kuzmenko, M. Meyer, M. Nelson, T. J. Rodigas, J. C. Wilson, V. Vaitheeswaran

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The L/M-band (3-5 μm) InfraRed Camera (LMIRcam) sits at the combined focal plane of the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI), ultimately imaging the coherently combined focus of the LBT's two 8.4-meter mirrors. LMIRcam achieved first light at the LBT in May 2011 using a single AO-enabled 8.4-meter aperture. With the delivery of LBT's final adaptive secondary mirror in Fall of 2011, dual-aperture AO-corrected interferometric fringes were realized in April 2012. We report on the performance of these configurations and characterize the noise performance of LMIRcam's HAWAII-2RG 5.3-μm cutoff array paired with Cornell FORCAST readout electronics. In addition, we describe recent science highlights and discuss future improvements to the LMIRcam hardware.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
StatePublished - 2012
EventGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Jul 1 2012Jul 6 2012

Publication series

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


OtherGround-Based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV


  • Fizeau
  • HgCdTe detectors
  • Infrared
  • Interferometry

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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