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THuCIDIDES: a high-efficiency multimode spectrograph design for the Hale Telescope
Author(s): Bradford B. Behr
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the operating parameters and initial design of a new spectrograph proposed for the 200-inch Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory. The instrument, whose working name is THuCIDIDES (Two Hundred-inch Cassegrain Image- Deblurred Interchangeable-Disperser/Echelle Spectrograph), will feature high system efficiency and multiple modes of operation, including low- and intermediate-resolution long slit and multi-slit capability over 12.5 X 3 arcmin fields, and a cross-dispersed echelle mode covering 3800 - 8500 angstrom at R equals 20,000 (with a 1.2 arcsecond slit) up to R equals 60,000 (with an image slicer). A 4096 X 4096 pixel CCD will serve as the detector. The quasi-Littrow echelle configuration and use of a prism cross-disperser will result in high system efficiency, estimated at approximately equals 14%. The compact design will permit mounting in the Cassegrain ring plane, to reduce susceptibility to flexure. An optional fast-guiding tilt mirror provides modest improvement to seeing FWHM and slit throughput.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3355, Optical Astronomical Instrumentation, (9 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316801
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Bradford B. Behr, California Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3355:
Optical Astronomical Instrumentation
Sandro D'Odorico, Editor(s)

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