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The new NESSI: refurbishment of an NIR MOS for characterizing exoplanets using the Hale telescope
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Paper Abstract

NESSI (New Mexico Exoplanet Spectroscopic Survey Instrument) was originally conceived, designed and built under a NASA NM-EPSCoR funded effort as a near-infrared multi-object spectrograph for characterizing exoplanet transits at the Magdalena Ridge Observatory. With the help of funding from JPL, we are moving NESSI to its new home on the Hale telescope in early 2018. Salient features of the New NESSI include a 6.5 arc minute field-of-view, low (R~250) or moderate (R~1100) spectral resolutions across J, H and/or K bands, the ability to stare at transits with high frame-rates, and finally a suite of on-board filters for imaging applications. We present the new design of NESSI, lessons learned in the refurbishment process, as well as an update for next steps in the process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2018
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 107023K (6 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2314242
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M. J. Creech-Eakman, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
M. R. Swain, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
R. T. Zellem, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
A. Olivares, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
C. Salcido, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
L. M. Schmidt, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
C. A. Jurgenson, Genesis Engineering Solutions (United States)
K. Pearson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
F. Santoro, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (United States)
Magdalena Ridge Observatory (United States)
G. Vasisht, Jet Propulsion Lab. (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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