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HARPS3 for a roboticized Isaac Newton Telescope
Author(s): Samantha J. Thompson; Didier Queloz; Isabelle Baraffe; Martyn Brake; Andrey Dolgopolov; Martin Fisher; Michel Fleury; Joost Geelhoed; Richard Hall; Jonay I. González Hernández; Rik ter Horst; Jan Kragt; Ramón Navarro; Tim Naylor; Francesco Pepe; Nikolai Piskunov; Rafael Rebolo; Louis Sander; Damien Ségransan; Eugene Seneta; David Sing; Ignas Snellen; Frans Snik; Julien Spronck; Eric Stempels; Xiaowei Sun; Samuel Santana Tschudi; John Young
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Paper Abstract

We present a description of a new instrument development, HARPS3, planned to be installed on an upgraded and roboticized Isaac Newton Telescope by end-2018. HARPS3 will be a high resolution (R≃115,000) echelle spectrograph with a wavelength range from 380-690 nm. It is being built as part of the Terra Hunting Experiment - a future 10- year radial velocity measurement programme to discover Earth-like exoplanets. The instrument design is based on the successful HARPS spectrograph on the 3.6m ESO telescope and HARPS-N on the TNG telescope. The main changes to the design in HARPS3 will be: a customised fibre adapter at the Cassegrain focus providing a stabilised beam feed and on-sky fibre diameter ≈1:4 arcsec, the implementation of a new continuous ow cryostat to keep the CCD temperature very stable, detailed characterisation of the HARPS3 CCD to map the effective pixel positions and thus provide an improved accuracy wavelength solution, an optimised integrated polarimeter and the instrument integrated into a robotic operation. The robotic operation will optimise our programme which requires our target stars to be measured on a nightly basis. We present an overview of the entire project, including a description of our anticipated robotic operation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 August 2016
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 99086F (9 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232111
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Samantha J. Thompson, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Didier Queloz, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Observatoire de Genève (Switzerland)
Isabelle Baraffe, Univ. of Exeter (United Kingdom)
Martyn Brake, Univ. of Exeter (United Kingdom)
Andrey Dolgopolov, Crimean Astrophysical Observatory (Russian Federation)
Martin Fisher, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Michel Fleury, Observatoire de Genève (Switzerland)
Joost Geelhoed, S&T Corp. (Netherlands)
Richard Hall, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Jonay I. González Hernández, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Rik ter Horst, NOVA ASTRON (Netherlands)
Jan Kragt, NOVA ASTRON (Netherlands)
Ramón Navarro, NOVA ASTRON (Netherlands)
Tim Naylor, Univ. of Exeter (United Kingdom)
Francesco Pepe, Observatoire de Genève (Switzerland)
Nikolai Piskunov, Uppsala Univ. (Sweden)
Rafael Rebolo, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Louis Sander, NOVA ASTRON (Netherlands)
Damien Ségransan, Observatoire de Genève (Switzerland)
Eugene Seneta, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
David Sing, Univ. of Exeter (United Kingdom)
Ignas Snellen, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Frans Snik, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
ASTRON (Netherlands)
Julien Spronck, Leiden Observatory, Leiden Univ. (Netherlands)
Eric Stempels, Uppsala Univ. (Sweden)
Xiaowei Sun, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Samuel Santana Tschudi, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
John Young, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)


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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