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VIRUS-2 for the Harlan J. Smith telescope of the McDonald Observatory
Author(s): Hanshin Lee; Gary J. Hill; Brian L. Vattiat; Jason Ramsey; John Good; Niv Drory
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Paper Abstract

The VIRUS2 Instrument is the next generation replicated integral field spectrograph for the 2.7m Harlan J. Smith Telescope at the McDonald Observatory. The instrument extends the technological advances from VIRUS and HET LRS-2 instruments to offer higher spectral resolution of R<2000 over a broader wavelength coverage from 370nm to 1000nm and a larger sky area of 2 arcmin diameter in a single shot with spatial sampling of 2.6 arcsec. The instrument also utilizes fiber integral field units (IFUs) coupled with micro-focal reducers to offer nearly 100% fill-factor on sky. VIRUS2 is the successor of the Mitchell Spectrograph (aka. VIRUS-P) on the HJST. T ere is also a potential for its scientific use on the Giant Magellan Telescope as an early phase instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2018
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 107028E (11 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2314128
Show Author Affiliations
Hanshin Lee, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Gary J. Hill, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Brian L. Vattiat, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Jason Ramsey, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
John Good, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Niv Drory, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (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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