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ABSTRACT: We present data from a 1632 array of unstressed Ge:Gadetectors, showing the long time constant responses and hook effectcharacteristic of these devices. This array is half the size of the70 m imaging array planned for MIPS, the Multiband ImagingPhotometer for SIRTF. We present simulations of the FIR (farinfrared) sky as viewed by a MIPS array, including realistic noiseeffects and extraction of point sources with a standard photometrypackage, showing that the photometric goals of MIPS are attainablewith the current array performance and using standard analysistechniques. Previous calculations by Heim et al. (1998) haddetermined that MIPS would achieve 5- detections of 1 mJy at 70 m in 2000 s; the simulations presented hereobtain results consistent with those calculations.
Experimental Astronomy 01/2000; 10(2):403-413. · 2.97 Impact Factor