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PARAS-2 precision radial velocimeter: optical and mechanical design of a fiber-fed high resolution spectrograph under vacuum and temperature control
Author(s): Abhijit Chakraborty; Nitesh Thapa; Kapil Kumar; Prasad J. S. S. V. Neelam; Rishikesh Sharma; Arpita Roy
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Paper Abstract

We present here the optical and mechanical design of a fiber-fed High-resolution spectrograph at resolution (R) = 100,000 which will be under vacuum (0.001 to 0.005 mbar) and temperature controlled environment at 25C ± 0.001C. The spectrograph will be attached to our upcoming new PRL 2.5m aperture telescope at Gurushikar, Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India. The spectrograph is named PARAS-2 after the successful operation of PARAS (PARAS-1) with our existing 1.2m aperture telescope at Gurushikar, Mount Abu since 2012 summer. The spectrograph (PARAS-2) will be operating in the range of 380nm to 690nm wavelength in a single shot using Grism as a Cross Disperser, R4 Echelle at blaze angle of 76degrees, and pupil diameter of 200 mm. We will use a combination of octagonal and circular fibers along with double scrambler and simultaneous calibration for getting down to the RV precision of 50cm/s or better (< 50cm/s). Minimum 30% time will be reserved for exoplanet work with the spectrograph on the 2.5m telescope when it becomes operational in early 2020. The overall efficiency of the whole spectrograph (Echelle, M1, M2, FM, Grism, Camera lens system, Dewar window) excluding fiber is expected to be 22.5% - 28% and 4% - 8% including optical fiber, telescope and fibertelescope interface losses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 July 2018
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 107026G (20 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2313055
Show Author Affiliations
Abhijit Chakraborty, Physical Research Lab. (India)
Nitesh Thapa, Space Applications Ctr. (India)
Kapil Kumar, Physical Research Lab. (India)
Prasad J. S. S. V. Neelam, Physical Research Lab. (India)
Rishikesh Sharma, Physical Research Lab. (India)
Arpita Roy, California Institute of Technology (United States)


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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