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HAWC+

The High-resolution Airborne Wideband Camera-plus (HAWC+) is a Facility class Science
Instrument.

Principal Investigator: Dr. C. D. Dowell; charles.d.dowell@jpl.nasa.gov

HAWC+ is a far-infrared camera and imaging polarimeter. It is designed to allow imaging of polarized and unpolarized light in five broad bands between wavelengths of 40 μm and 300 μm. Diffraction-limited imaging yields spatial resolutions of 5-20 arcseconds with fields of view ~2-8 arcminutes, respectively. HAWC+ will utilize two 64x40 pixel arrays of bolometer detectors, one for each component of linear polarization. The detectors are cooled by an adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator to an operating temperature of about 0.1-0.2 K. It is scheduled for commissioning in early 2016.

Examples of HAWC scientific observations, and summary of specifications

Those intending to submit a SOFIA observing proposal using the instrument should consult the HAWC+ Chapter of the SOFIA Observer's Handbook, which contains detailed and up to date information necessary for designing observations.

HAWC Scientific/Technical Abstract and Additional References
Page Last Updated: May 4, 2015
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