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SOXS: a wide band spectrograph to follow up transients
Author(s): P. Schipani; S. Campana; R. Claudi; H. U. Käufl; M. Accardo; M. Aliverti; A. Baruffolo; S. Ben Ami; F. Biondi; A. Brucalassi; G. Capasso; R. Cosentino; F. D'Alessio; P. D'Avanzo; O. Hershko; D. Gardiol; H. Kuncarayacti; M. Munari; A. Rubin; S. Scuderi; F. Vitali; J. Achrén; J. Antonio Araiza-Duran; I. Arcavi; A. Bianco; E. Cappellaro; M. Colapietro; M. Della Valle; O. Diner; S. D'Orsi; D. Fantinel; J. Fynbo; A. Gal-Yam; M. Genoni; M. Hirvonen; J. Kotilainen; T. Kumar; M. Landoni; J. Lehti; G. Li Causi; D. Loreggia; L. Marafatto; S. Mattila; G. Pariani; G. Pignata; M. Rappaport; D. Ricci; M. Riva; B. Salasnich; R. Zanmar Sanchez; S. Smartt; M. Turatto
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Paper Abstract

SOXS (Son Of X-Shooter) will be a spectrograph for the ESO NTT telescope capable to cover the optical and NIR bands, based on the heritage of the X-Shooter at the ESO-VLT. SOXS will be built and run by an international consortium, carrying out rapid and longer term Target of Opportunity requests on a variety of astronomical objects. SOXS will observe all kind of transient and variable sources from different surveys. These will be a mixture of fast alerts (e.g. gamma-ray bursts, gravitational waves, neutrino events), mid-term alerts (e.g. supernovae, X-ray transients), fixed time events (e.g. close-by passage of minor bodies). While the focus is on transients and variables, still there is a wide range of other astrophysical targets and science topics that will benefit from SOXS. The design foresees a spectrograph with a Resolution-Slit product ≈ 4500, capable of simultaneously observing over the entire band the complete spectral range from the U- to the H-band. The limiting magnitude of R~20 (1 hr at S/N~10) is suited to study transients identified from on-going imaging surveys. Light imaging capabilities in the optical band (grizy) are also envisaged to allow for multi-band photometry of the faintest transients. This paper outlines the status of the project, now in Final Design Phase.

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Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 107020F (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2307349
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P. Schipani, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Italy)
S. Campana, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
R. Claudi, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
H. U. Käufl, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
M. Accardo, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
M. Aliverti, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
A. Baruffolo, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
S. Ben Ami, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
F. Biondi, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
A. Brucalassi, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Univ. Andres Bello (Chile)
G. Capasso, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Italy)
R. Cosentino, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (Spain)
INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Catania (Italy)
F. D'Alessio, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
P. D'Avanzo, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
O. Hershko, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
D. Gardiol, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino (Italy)
H. Kuncarayacti, Univ. of Turku (Finland)
M. Munari, INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania (Italy)
A. Rubin, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
S. Scuderi, INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania (Italy)
F. Vitali, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
J. Achrén, Incident Angle Oy (Finland)
J. Antonio Araiza-Duran, Univ. Andres Bello (Chile)
I. Arcavi, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
A. Bianco, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
E. Cappellaro, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
M. Colapietro, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Italy)
M. Della Valle, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Italy)
O. Diner, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
S. D'Orsi, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Italy)
D. Fantinel, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
J. Fynbo, Dark Cosmology Ctr. (Denmark)
A. Gal-Yam, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
M. Genoni, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
M. Hirvonen, Aboa Space Research Oy (Finland)
J. Kotilainen, Univ. of Turku (Finland)
T. Kumar, Univ. of Turku (Finland)
M. Landoni, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
J. Lehti, Aboa Space Research Oy (Finland)
G. Li Causi, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
D. Loreggia, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino (Italy)
L. Marafatto, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
S. Mattila, Univ. of Turku (Finland)
G. Pariani, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
G. Pignata, Univ. Andrés Bello (Chile)
M. Rappaport, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
D. Ricci, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
M. Riva, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
B. Salasnich, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
R. Zanmar Sanchez, INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania (Italy)
S. Smartt, Queen's Univ. Belfast (United Kingdom)
M. Turatto, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10702:
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
Christopher J. Evans; Luc Simard; Hideki Takami, Editor(s)

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