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The ICE spectrograph for PEPSI at the LBT: preliminary optical design
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Paper Abstract

We present a preliminary design study for a high-resolution echelle spectrograph (ICE) to be used with the spectropolarimeter PEPSI under development at the LBT. In order to meet the scientific requirements and take full advantage of the peculiarities of the LBT (i.e. the binocular nature and the adaptive optics capabilities), we have designed a fiber-fed bench mounted instrument for both high resolution (R ≈ 100,000; non-AO polarimetric and integral light modes) and ultra-high resolution (R ≈ 300,000; AO integral light mode). In both cases, 4 spectra per order (two for each primary mirror) shall be accomodated in a 2-dimensional cross dispersed echelle format. In order to obtain a resolution-slit product of ≈ 100,000 as required by the science case, we have considered two alternative designs, one with two R4 echelles in series and the other with a sigle R4 echelle and fiber slicing. A white-pupil design, VPH cross-dispersers and two cameras of different focal length for the AO and non-AO modes are adopted in both cases. It is concluded that the single-echelle fiber-slicer solution has to be preferred in terms of performances, complexity and cost. It can be implemented at the LBT in two phases, with the long-camera AO mode added in a second phase depending on the availability of funds and the time-scale for implementation of the AO system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4841, Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes, (7 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.458050
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Roberto Pallavicini, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo (Italy)
Filippo Maria Zerbi, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Paolo Spano, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo (Italy)
Paolo Conconi, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Ruben Mazzoleni, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Emilio Molinari, INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Klaus G. Strassmeier, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4841:
Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes
Masanori Iye; Alan F. M. Moorwood, Editor(s)

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