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Multi-object near-IR Grism spectroscopy with the 6.5-m MMT
Author(s): Rose A. Finn; Donald W. McCarthy
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Paper Abstract

Wide-field IR cameras, operating on the ne generation of large telescopes, offer unprecedented gains in the detection of faint sources and in observing efficiency for both direct imaging and spectroscopy. PISCES, a near-IR wide-field camera designed for the f/9 secondaries of the Steward 2.3m and 6.5m MMT, is one such instrument that has been operational for over one year. Equipped with a 1024 by 1024 HAWAII HgCdTe array, PISCES offers an 8.5 arcminute field at the 2.3m and a 3.1 arcminute field at the MMT. Here we present our design to upgrade PISCES with a low resolution grism for single and multi-object spectroscopy. The design allows J, H, and K-band spectroscopy in orders 5, 4 and 3, respectively. The combination of 6.5m aperture and multi- object capability will make PISCES a powerful tool for extending our knowledge of the low-mass regime of the initial mass function as well as star-formation in 0.5 < z < 1 galaxy clusters. We discuss design and fabrication issues and simulate the performance of the grism system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4008, Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors, (16 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.395534
Show Author Affiliations
Rose A. Finn, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Donald W. McCarthy, Steward Observatory/Univ. of Arizona (United States)


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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