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Precision single mode fibre integral field spectroscopy with the RHEA spectrograph
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Paper Abstract

The RHEA Spectrograph is a single-mode echelle spectrograph designed to be a replicable and cost effective method of undertaking precision radial velocity measurements. Two versions of RHEA currently exist, one located at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia (450 - 600nm wavelength range), and another located at the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii, USA (600 - 800 nm wavelength range). Both instruments have a novel fibre feed consisting of an integral field unit injecting light into a 2D grid of single mode fibres. This grid of fibres is then reformatted into a 1D array at the input of the spectrograph (consisting of the science fibres and a reference fibre capable of receiving a white-light or xenon reference source for simultaneous calibration). The use of single mode fibres frees RHEA from the issue of modal noise and significantly reduces the size of the optics used. In addition to increasing the overall light throughput of the system, the integral field unit allows for cutting edge science goals to be achieved when operating behind the 8.2m Subaru Telescope and the SCExAO adaptive optics system. These include, but are not limited to: resolved stellar photospheres; resolved protoplanetary disk structures; resolved Mira shocks, dust and winds; and sub-arcsecond companions. We present details and results of early tests of RHEA@Subaru and progress towards the stated science goals.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 August 2016
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 990876 (9 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233743
Show Author Affiliations
Adam D. Rains, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Michael J. Ireland, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Nemanja Jovanovic, Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (United States)
Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Tobias Feger, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Joao Bento, The Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Christian Schwab, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Australian Astronomical Observatory (Australia)
David W. Coutts, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Olivier Guyon, Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (United States)
Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Astrobiology Ctr. of NINS (Japan)
Alexander Arriola, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Ctr. for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (Australia)
Simon Gross, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Ctr. for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (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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