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Development and construction of MAROON-X
Author(s): Andreas Seifahrt; Jacob L. Bean; Julian Stürmer; Luke Gers; Deon S. Grobler; Tony Reed; Damien J. Jones
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Paper Abstract

We report on the development and construction of a new fiber-fed, red-optical, high-precision radial-velocity spectrograph for one of the twin 6.5m Magellan Telescopes in Chile. MAROON-X will be optimized to find and characterize rocky planets around nearby M dwarfs with an intrinsic per measurement noise floor below 1ms-1. The instrument is based on a commercial echelle spectrograph customized for high stability and throughput. A microlens array based pupil slicer and double scrambler, as well as a rubidium-referenced etalon comb calibrator will turn this spectrograph into a high-precision radial-velocity machine. MAROON-X will undergo extensive lab tests in the second half of 2016.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 August 2016
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 990818 (4 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232069
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Andreas Seifahrt, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Jacob L. Bean, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Julian Stürmer, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Luke Gers, Callaghan Innovation (New Zealand)
Deon S. Grobler, Callaghan Innovation (New Zealand)
Tony Reed, Callaghan Innovation (New Zealand)
Damien J. Jones, Prime Optics (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9908:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
Christopher J. Evans; Luc Simard; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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