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The metrology system for the multi-object optical and near-infrared spectrograph MOONS
Author(s): Miguel Torres-Torriti; Leonardo Vanzi; Rolando Dünner; Francisco Belmar; Louise Dauvin; Tzu-Chiang Chen; Michele Cirasuolo; William Taylor; Hermine Schnetler; David Montgomery; Philip Rees; Alexandre Cabral
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Paper Abstract

The Multi-Object Optical and Near-infrared Spectrograph (MOONS) is a new fiber-fed spectrograph for the VLT. MOONS will exploit the full 500 square arcmin field of view offered by the Nasmyth focus of VLT and will be equipped with two dual-arm spectrographs covering the wavelength range 0.8 µm-1.8 μm, with a possible extension down to 0.5 μm. Each double-arm spectrograph will produce spectra for 250 targets simultaneously, each with its own dedicated sky fiber for optimal sky subtraction. The system will have both a medium resolution (R 3000 - 5000) mode and a high resolution (R 20000) mode to allow detailed dynamical and chemical studies. To ensure the accurate positioning of the 500 fiber pairs over the focal plane that has 880 mm in diameter, a metrology system has been designed to provide position measurements within 7.5 μm considering that the final positioning accuracy of each fiber with respect to the target object must be less than 15 μm. The metrology system is composed by a circular array of 12 cameras located at VLT’s de-rotator ring around the Nasmyth focus. The paper presents the design of the metrology system and discusses the proposed methodology to align multiple the views of the focal plane array.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 91478M (28 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055686
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Miguel Torres-Torriti, Pontificia Univ. Católica de Chile (Chile)
Leonardo Vanzi, Pontificia Univ. Católica de Chile (Chile)
Rolando Dünner, Pontificia Univ. Católica de Chile (Chile)
Francisco Belmar, Pontificia Univ. Católica de Chile (Chile)
Louise Dauvin, Pontificia Univ. Católica de Chile (Chile)
Tzu-Chiang Chen, Pontificia Univ. Católica de Chile (Chile)
Michele Cirasuolo, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
William Taylor, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Hermine Schnetler, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
David Montgomery, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Philip Rees, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr. (United Kingdom)
Alexandre Cabral, Univ. de Lisboa (Portugal)


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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