The Wide Field Infrared Camera for UKIRT
|Detectors||4 Rockwell Hawaii-II|
|F.O.V.||0.8 sq. deg. (1)|
|Grasp||2.38 m2 deg2 (2)|
|Data volume||140 Gb/night|
|Filter Set||Z Y J H K H2 Brγ|
(1) 4 pointings covering a filled tile
(2) telescope collecting area x f.o.v.
WFCAM is an IR wide-field camera for the UK Infrared Telescope on Mauna Kea (UKIRT), and is currently the most capable IR imaging survey instrument in the Northern Hemisphere. The most commonly used pages are:
- Data processing status (processing status, known issues, etc.)
- Survey progress and QC (sky coverage, quality control plots)
- Technical information (including astrometry, photometry, etc.)
- Data access (links to raw archive, science archive)
- Science examples (K vs J-K colour-colour diagrams, etc.)
- Known artifacts 2005A
WFCAM is composed of four Rockwell Hawaii-II 2048x2048 18 micron pixel array detectors, with a pixel scale of 0.4" (f/2.4) and a field of view per exposure of 0.21 square degrees. Each detector is divided into quadrants, each of them divided into eight channels of 128x1024 pixels. The detectors are spaced at 94% of the detector width. Four exposures are required to survey a contiguous area (tile) of 0.8 square degrees.
WFCAM has eight filter housings including the broadband set ZYJHK and two narrow band filters H2 and Brγ. The eighth filter housing is blanked for darks.
Although the nightly data volume is quite variable, the average is about 2200 images (~140 Gb) with peaks of ~3600 (~230 Gb).
Filters and Sensitivity
The following table lists the main properties of the WFCAM filter set. Magnitudes are quoted in Vega. For more information and the filter profiles go to the filters documentation in our technical section.
| Central Wavelength (μm)
| FWHM (μm)
Magnitude Limit (5σ in 40s)(1)
|Sky Brightness (mag/sq arcsec)||18.0||17.0||15.6||14.0||13.4|
(1) 0.6" seeing in 2" diameter aperture
Data ProcessingCASU is responsible for the processing of all data obtained with WFCAM. The data ships to Cambridge in LTO-I tapes as single extension FITS files. All the data is read onto RAID disks and converted to MEF format - ie. one FITS container file for all 4 detectors. If you have any problems concerning CASU software please email casuhelp _AT_ ast.cam.ac.uk.