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The Habitable-zone Planet Finder: A status update on the development of a stabilized fiber-fed near-infrared spectrograph for the for the Hobby-Eberly telescope
Author(s): Suvrath Mahadevan; Lawrence W. Ramsey; Ryan Terrien; Samuel Halverson; Arpita Roy; Fred Hearty; Eric Levi; Gudmundur Kari Stefansson; Paul Robertson; Chad Bender; Chris Schwab; Matt Nelson
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Paper Abstract

The Habitable-Zone Planet Finder is a stabilized, fiber-fed, NIR spectrograph being built for the 10m Hobby- Eberly telescope (HET) that will be capable of discovering low mass planets around M dwarfs. The optical design of the HPF is a white pupil spectrograph layout in a vacuum cryostat cooled to 180 K. The spectrograph uses gold-coated mirrors, a mosaic echelle grating, and a single Teledyne Hawaii-2RG (H2RG) NIR detector with a 1.7-micron cutoff covering parts of the information rich z, Y and J NIR bands at a spectral resolution of R∼50,000. The unique design of the HET requires attention to both near and far-field fiber scrambling, which we accomplish with double scramblers and octagonal fibers. In this paper we discuss and summarize the main requirements and challenges of precision RV measurements in the NIR with HPF and how we are overcoming these issues with technology, hardware and algorithm developments to achieve high RV precision and address stellar activity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 2014
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 91471G (24 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056417
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Suvrath Mahadevan, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Lawrence W. Ramsey, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Ryan Terrien, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Samuel Halverson, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Arpita Roy, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Fred Hearty, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Eric Levi, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Gudmundur Kari Stefansson, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Paul Robertson, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Chad Bender, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Chris Schwab, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Matt Nelson, Univ. of Virginia (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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