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CCD detector for multiple object spectroscopy at the United Kingdom Schmidt Telescope
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Paper Abstract

The standard CCD used in the camera installed at the Schmidt Telescope has a poor short wavelength response and so all the CCDs are surface coated with a fluorescent dye to partially overcome this problem. In 1988 it was decided that the system's response around 4000 A could be improved further by replacing the FLAIR (fiber linked array image reformatter) fibers with a set of fibers offering superior transmission properties at this wavelength. The introduction of these larger core diameter fibers would have meant, however, accepting a reduction in signal-to-noise as the fibers illuminate more pixels on the CCD. The CCD sequencing was therefore modified to permit pixel binning across the dispersion direction. Recent modifications also provide a detection capability for approximately twice the number of objects, by appending a second CCD detector and correlated double sample processor to the existing sequencer. Both CCDs are operated via a signal controller which can route clocks and video between the detectors and sequencing electronics. Reduction of galaxy data show that FLAIR, combined with a low noise detector, in both single and dual CCD mode, is easily capable of obtaining cross-correlation redshifts in the blue with a high success rate.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1235, Instrumentation in Astronomy VII, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19092
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Anthony Patrick Oates, Univ. of Durham (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1235:
Instrumentation in Astronomy VII
David L. Crawford, Editor(s)

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