Controlling CRED2 NIR camera and repairing the CCD detector


  • JACKIE LIU Aspiring Scientists' Summer Internship Program Intern
  • Peter Plavchan Aspiring Scientists' Summer Internship Program Mentor



The CRED2 camera detects near-infrared wavelengths of light from 1 to 1.7 microns. I used the provided graphical user interface (GUI) to take images on the camera. Later, I used a Git BASH command line to compile and run the python code for controlling the camera. Once this control software is complete in the future, the camera will be mounted on George Mason's Campus Telescope. I also assisted in repairing the charge-coupled device (CCD) detector, a SBIG-16803 model, after several wires had broken this summer. After the camera was taken apart, I helped strip the ends of each wire, and then twisting them with their corresponding wires on the other end. I consolidated the connection of the wires by twisting and soldering them together.





College of Science: Department of Physics and Astronomy