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FLAMES: a multi-object fiber facility for the VLT
Author(s): Luca Pasquini; Gerardo Avila; Eric Allaert; Pascal Ballester; Peter Biereichel; Bernard Buzzoni; Cyril Cavadore; Hans Dekker; Bernard Delabre; F. Ferraro; Vanessa Hill; Andreas Kaufer; Heinz Kotzlowski; Jean-Luis Lizon; Antonio Longinotti; S. Moureau; Ralf Palsa; S. Zaggia
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Paper Abstract

FLAMES is a fiber facility to be installed on the A platform of the VLT Kueyen telescope, which can feed up to three spectrographs with fibers positioned over a corrected 25 arcminutes field of view. The initial configuration will include connections to the GIRAFFE and to the red arm of the UVES spectrographs, the latter, located on the Nasmyth B platform of the same telescope, is already in operation as a long slit stand alone instrument. The 8 fibers to UVES will give R approximately 45000 and a large spectral coverage, while GIRAFFE will be fed by 132 single fibers, or by 15 deployable integral field units or by one central large integral unit. GIRAFFE will be equipped with two gratings, giving R equals 5000-9000 and R equals 15000-25000 respectively. It will be possible to obtain GIRAFFE and UVES observations simultaneously. Special attention is paid to optimizing night operations and to providing appropriate data reduction. The instrument is rather complex and it is now in the construction phase; in addition to ESO, its realization has required the collaboration of several institutes grouped in 4 consortia.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4008, Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors, (16 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.395491
Show Author Affiliations
Luca Pasquini, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Gerardo Avila, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Eric Allaert, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Pascal Ballester, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Peter Biereichel, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Bernard Buzzoni, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Cyril Cavadore, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Hans Dekker, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Bernard Delabre, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
F. Ferraro, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Vanessa Hill, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Andreas Kaufer, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Heinz Kotzlowski, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Jean-Luis Lizon, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Antonio Longinotti, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
S. Moureau, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Ralf Palsa, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
S. Zaggia, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4008:
Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors
Masanori Iye; Alan F. M. Moorwood, Editor(s)

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