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Curved VPH gratings for novel spectrographs
Author(s): J. Christopher Clemens; Darragh O'Donoghue; Bart H. Dunlap
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Paper Abstract

The introduction of volume phase holographic (VPH) gratings into astronomy over a decade ago opened new possibilities for instrument designers. In this paper we describe an extension of VPH grating technology that will have applications in astronomy and beyond: curved VPH gratings. These devices can disperse light while simultaneously correcting aberrations. We have designed and manufactured two different kinds of convex VPH grating prototypes for use in off-axis reflecting spectrographs. One type functions in transmission and the other in reflection, enabling Offnerstyle spectrographs with the high-efficiency and low-cost advantages of VPH gratings. We will discuss the design process and the tools required for modelling these gratings along with the recording layout and process steps required to fabricate them. We will present performance data for the first convex VPH grating produced for an astronomical spectrograph.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 August 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9151, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation, 91511K (7 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055585
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J. Christopher Clemens, The Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States)
Syzygy Optics, LLC (United States)
Darragh O'Donoghue, South African Astronomical Observatory (South Africa)
Bart H. Dunlap, The Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9151:
Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation
Ramón Navarro; Colin R. Cunningham; Allison A. Barto, Editor(s)

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