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NASA Spitzer Space Telescope • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
• California Institute of Technology
• Vision for Space Exploration
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Fast Facts
 
Current Status
 
Spitzer History
 
Spitzer Technology
 
— Overview
 
— Cryo-Telescope Assembly
 
—— Telescope
 
—— MIC
 
——— IRAC
 
——— IRS
 
——— MIPS
 
—— Cryostat
 
—— Outer Shell
 
— Spacecraft
 
—— Solar Panels
 
—— Spacecraft Bus
 
— Developments
 
Spitzer Science
 
Lyman Spitzer, Jr.
 
 

Spitzer's Infrared Array Camera

IRAC Conceptual Layout

The Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) is one of Spitzer's three science instruments, and provides imaging capabilities at near- and mid-infrared wavelengths. It is a general-purpose camera that will be used by observers on Spitzer for a wide variety of astronomical research programs.

IRAC is a four-channel camera that provides simultaneous 5.12 x 5.12 arcmin images at 3.6, 4.5, 5.8, and 8 microns. Each of the four detector arrays in the camera are 256 x 256 pixels in size. IRAC uses two sets of detector arrays. The two short-wavelength channels are imaged by composite detectors made from indium and antimony. The long-wavelength channels use silicon detectors that have been specially treated with arsenic. The only moving part in IRAC is the camera shutter.

Various Views of IRAC in Assembly



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