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VIRUS: assembly, testing and performance of 33,000 fibres for HETDEX
Author(s): Andreas Kelz; Thomas Jahn; D. Haynes; G. J. Hill; H. Lee; J. D. Murphy; Justus Neumann; Harald Nicklas; M. Rutowska; C. Sandin; O. Streicher; S. Tuttle; M. Fabricius; S. M. Bauer; B. Vattiat; H. Anwand; R. Savage
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Paper Abstract

VIRUS is the visible, integral-field replicable unit spectrograph for the Hobby-Eberly-Telescope (HET) consisting of 75 integral-field-units that feed 150 spectrographs. The full VIRUS instrument features over 33,000 fibres, each projecting to 1.5 arcseconds diameter on sky, deployed at the prime focus of the upgraded 10m HET. The assembly and acceptance testing for all IFUs includes microscopic surface quality inspections, astrometry of fibre positions, relative throughput measurements, focal-ratio-degradation evaluation, and system acceptance using a VIRUS reference spectrograph to verify the image quality, spectral transmission, stability, or to detect any stray light issues.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2014
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 914775 (10 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056384
Show Author Affiliations
Andreas Kelz, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (Germany)
Thomas Jahn, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (Germany)
D. Haynes, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (Germany)
G. J. Hill, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
H. Lee, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
J. D. Murphy, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Justus Neumann, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (Germany)
Harald Nicklas, Georg-August-Univ. Göttingen (Germany)
M. Rutowska, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (Germany)
C. Sandin, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (Germany)
O. Streicher, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (Germany)
S. Tuttle, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
M. Fabricius, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
S. M. Bauer, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (Germany)
B. Vattiat, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
H. Anwand, Georg-August-Univ. Göttingen (Germany)
R. Savage, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)


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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