Near-Infrared High-Throughput Spectrograph (NIHTS)

The Near-Infrared High-Throughput Spectrograph (NIHTS, pronounced “nights”) is a low-resolution (R~200) near-infrared prism spectrograph, covering 0.86-2.4 microns in a single setup at a resolution of ~100 to 200.  NIHTS contains no moving parts and employs a single slit mask that offers 7 different width slits (4.03, 1.34, 0.81, 0.27, 0.54, 1.07 and 1.61 arcseconds), each approximately 10 arcseconds in length.  The instrument is fed by a dichroic fold flat on a linear translation stage in the instrument cube, which allows simultaneous LMI imaging and NIHTS spectroscopy.

Users scheduled with NIHTS are encouraged to contact Nick Moskovitz at least two weeks ahead of their run to provide information about the planned observations.  Afternoon and night time support for the instrument will be available for first-time users.  A data reduction pipeline for NIHTS developed by M. Cushing (U. Toledo) and based on the IDL Spextool package is available.

See NIHTS on Confluence


  • Detector: Rockwell Hawaii-1 array: 1024 x 1024 pixels
  • Slit Length: 12″ (per slit segment)
  • Pixel Scale: 0.13″/pixel (spatial direction)
  • Gain: 24 e/ADU
  • Read Noise: 100 e
  • Normal Operating Temperature: 75 K
  • Readout Time: 0.001504 sec (Row Time)
  • Minimum Exposure Time: 0.77 sec
  • Slit Widths: 4.03″, 1.61″, 1.34″, 1.07″, 0.81″, 0.54″, 0.26″
  • Slit Viewing Camera:
    • Model: Xenics XEVA IR camera
    • Pixel Scale: 0.326″/pixel
    • Image Size: 320 × 256 pixels
    • Field of View: 60″ × 90″

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