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RITMOS: a micromirror-based multi-object spectrometer
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Paper Abstract

The Rochester Institute of Technology Multi-Object Spectrometer (RITMOS) utilizes a Texas Instruments Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) for target selection, instead of the fiber bundles or customized slit masks normally used in multi-object spectroscopy. The DMD, which sits at the telescope focal plane, is an 848 x 600 array of 17 micron square mirrors that can individually deflect incident light into one of two output paths: an imaging path or a spectroscopy path. In standard operation, all light is deflected towards the imaging path, consisting of an Offner relay which reimages the DMD onto a CCD detector. The locations of spectroscopic targets are then noted, and the micromirrors corresponding to these targets are then deflected towards the spectroscopy path. This path utilizes a 1200 l/mm transmission grating to disperse images of the micromirror pattern onto a second CCD detector. The spectroscopic parameters (e.g., 0.66 Å/pixel dispersion for a 13.5 micron/pixel detector) were chosen for MK spectral classification. Among the benefits of replacing a fiber bundle or custom slit mask with a DMD are the latter's instantaneous reconfigurability and its aptitude for the study of compact fields. RITMOS is thus suited towards spectral classification surveys of star clusters. We present a description of the instrument, details of its design, and initial measurements, including multi-object stellar spectra.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2004
PDF: 20 pages
Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.549897
Show Author Affiliations
Reed D. Meyer, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)
Kevin J. Kearney, Pixel Physics, Inc. (United States)
Zoran Ninkov, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)
Christopher T. Cotton, ASE Optics, Inc. (United States)
Peter Hammond, Lightforce Technology, Inc. (United States)
Bryan D. Statt, ASE Optics, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5492:
Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy
Alan F. M. Moorwood; Masanori Iye, Editor(s)

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