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Hawaii imaging Fabry-Perot interferometers
Author(s): Jonathan Bland; R. Brent Tully; Gerald N. Cecil
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Paper Abstract

The optical design and performance of the visible/NIR imaging Fabry-Perot interferometers for the 3.6-m CFHT, the 2.2-m University of Hawaii Telescope, and the 3.9-m UKIRT (all at Mauna Kea) are described. The basic configuration combines a high-finesse etalon of free spectral range about 10 nm with a state-of-the-art CCD image-plane array. The criteria considered in selecting the CCDs and etalons are discussed; the quality of the data obtainable is illustrated with sample data (CFHT 658.3-nm emission line profiles of the central region of NGC 1068 and UKIRT B-gamma profiles of the Galactic center); and the instrument calibration and artefact problems are outlined. It is suggested that, while Fabry-Perot devices offer the best visible-NIR performance at present, Fourier-transform and long-slit spectroscopy show great promise for the future, especially in the IR.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1235, Instrumentation in Astronomy VII, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19122
Show Author Affiliations
Jonathan Bland, Rice Univ. (United States)
R. Brent Tully, Univ. of Hawaii (United States)
Gerald N. Cecil, Univ. of North Carolina (United States)


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

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