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WFC3 Instrument Design

The optical design of WFC3 features two independent channels, one sensitive at ultraviolet (UV) and optical wavelengths, approximately 200 to 1000 nm (the UVIS channel), and the other sensitive at near infrared (IR) wavelengths, approximately 850 to 1700 nm (the IR channel).



Upon installation of WFC3, the focal plane of HST will appear as shown below, with WFC3 positioned in the center of the focal plane.

More information on the design and abilities of WFC3 can be found in the WFC3 Handbook.

Images and diagrams of WFC3 construction can be found in the WFC3 Image Gallery.