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ROGUE: the rapid off-axis guider experiment
Author(s): Niranjan A. Thatte; Harald Kroker; L. Weitzel; Lowell E. Tacconi-Garman; Matthias Tecza; Alfred Krabbe; Reinhard Genzel
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Paper Abstract

Near infrared imaging spectroscopy at spatial resolutions of 0.5 arc seconds will fundamentally change our understanding of active galactic nuclei. This long desired capability has been achieved for the first time by the latest generation of MPE instruments, ROGUE and 3D. ROGUE, the rapid off-axis guider experiment, is a low order adaptive optics system performing tip-tilt correction in the near infrared using natural guide stars. Three-dimensional is the MPE near infrared imaging spectrometer capable of simultaneous imaging and spectroscopy of the entire H and K atmospheric windows. ROGUE is capable of tip-tilt correction at 40 Hz in a 4 arc-minute diameter isokinetic patch using natural guide stars as faint as 18th magnitude. We discuss the design of the instrument, present the first astronomical results, and outline future efforts to incorporate variable image scales.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 June 1995
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2475, Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy, (6 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.211260
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Niranjan A. Thatte, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Harald Kroker, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
L. Weitzel, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Lowell E. Tacconi-Garman, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Matthias Tecza, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Alfred Krabbe, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Reinhard Genzel, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2475:
Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy
Albert M. Fowler, Editor(s)

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