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Deployment and handling of the VIRUS fiber integral field units
Author(s): Brian L. Vattiat; Gary J. Hill; Andreas Kelz; Jerry Martin; Emily Mrozinski; Thomas Jahn; Renny Spencer
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Paper Abstract

The Hobby-Eberly Telescope Wide Field Upgrade includes deployment of the fiber-fed VIRUS and LRS2 spectrographs. In total, over 35,000 optical fibers of around 20m lengths are coupled to the telescope. This paper discusses the routing of those fibers, the hardware for securing them, and their deployment. Routing of the fibers to accommodate telescope motion while minimizing length and bend is presented. Hardware solutions for securing the fibers with details of the input and output terminations are included. Operations to safely install the fibers on the telescope are also covered.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2018
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 107028A (10 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2314045
Show Author Affiliations
Brian L. Vattiat, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Gary J. Hill, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Andreas Kelz, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (Germany)
Jerry Martin, Hobby-Eberly Telescope (United States)
Emily Mrozinski, Hobby-Eberly Telescope (United States)
Thomas Jahn, Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (United States)
Renny Spencer, Hobby-Eberly Telescope (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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