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Millisecond infrared astrophysical spectrophotometer: MIRAS
Author(s): Paul M. Harvey; David Wilson
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Paper Abstract

We describe an instrument under development at the University of Texas for observation of lunar occultations with complete spectral coverage from 1 - 13 μm and with limiting angular resolutions of 1 - 4 milliarcsecond over that range. The instrument will utilize three 2-D arrays that will enable spectral dispersion with a resolving power, R ~ 100, and permit pupil division to avoid blurring the Fresnel fringes of an occultation. The scientific motivation for this program is based on observations of physical properties of circumstellar disks around young, forming stars, as well as of shells around evolved stars undergoing mass loss. We also describe some examples of results with a prototype version of this instrument that has been in use at McDonald Observatory for the last 18 months.

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: 10.1117/12.459482
Show Author Affiliations
Paul M. Harvey, Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
David Wilson, Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
ITT Aerospace/Communications Div. (United States)


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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