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Design of an f/1 camera for the HET low-resolution spectrograph IR extension
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Paper Abstract

We present the optical design of the f/1 camera for the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Low Resolution Spectrograph Infrared Extension (LRS-J). This instrument extends the coverage of the LRS to 1300 nm by adding a fast cryogenic camera and volume holographic grisms (VPHG) to the LRS. This approach enables new science without the expense of building a complete new instrument. The camera is a catadioptric Maksutov type design, based on that of the optical LRS, that uses a HAWAII-1 1024x1024 detector. The design succeeds in imaging virtually all the light into one pixel over the HET field of view (FOV) and the wavelength range 900-1300 nm. We discuss the challenges of designing and manufacturing a fast camera for cryogenic use, and give details of the tolerance analysis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 March 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4841, Instrument Design and Performance for Optical/Infrared Ground-based Telescopes, (7 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.461961
Show Author Affiliations
Carlos Tejada, Instituto de Astronomia, UNAM (Mexico)
Gary J. Hill, McDonald Observatory/Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Francisco J. Cobos, Instituto de Astronomia, UNAM (Mexico)

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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