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Optical and mechanical design of the fore-optics of HARMONI
Author(s): J. Sánchez-Capuchino; E. Hernández; A. Bueno; J. M. Herreros; N. Thatte; I. Bryson; F. Clarke; M. Tecza
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Paper Abstract

HARMONI is a visible and near-infrared (0.47μm to 2.5μm) integral field spectrometer providing the E-ELT's core spectroscopic capability. It will provide ~32000 simultaneous spectra of a rectangular field of view at four foreseen different spatial sample (spaxel) scales. The HARMONI fore-optics re-formats the native telescope plate scale to suitable values for the downstream instrument optics. This telecentric adaptation includes anamorphic magnification of the plate scale to optimize the performance of the IFU, which contains the image slicer, and their four spectrographs. In addition, it provides an image of the telescope pupil to assemble a cold stop shared among all the scales allowing efficient suppression of the thermal background. A pupil imaging unit also re-images the pupil cold stop onto the image slicer to check the relative alignment between the E-ELT and HARMONI pupils. The scale changer will also host the filter wheel with the long-pass filters to select the wavelength range. The main reasoning specifying the importance of the HARMONI fore-optics and its current optical and mechanical design is described in this contribution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2014
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 91479J (28 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055504
Show Author Affiliations
J. Sánchez-Capuchino, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
E. Hernández, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
A. Bueno, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
J. M. Herreros, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
N. Thatte, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
I. Bryson, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
F. Clarke, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
M. Tecza, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9147:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V
Suzanne K. Ramsay; Ian S. McLean; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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