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Can we use adaptive optics for UHR spectroscopy with PEPSI at the LBT?
Author(s): Germano G. Sacco; Roberto Pallavicini; Paolo Spano; Michael Andersen; Manfred F. Woche; Klaus G. Strassmeier
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Paper Abstract

We investigate the potential of using adaptive optics (AO) in the V, R, and I bands to reach ultra-high resolution (UHR, R ≥ 200,000) in echelle spectrographs at 8-10m telescopes. In particular, we investigate the possibility of implementing an UHR mode for the fiber-fed spectrograph PEPSI (Potsdam Echelle Polarimetric and Spectrographic Instrument) being developed for the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT). By simulating the performances of the advanced AO system that will be available at first light at the LBT, and by using first-order estimates of the spectrograph performances, we calculate the total efficiency and signal to noise ratio (SNR) of PEPSI in the AO mode for stars of different magnitudes, different fiber core sizes, and different fractions of incident light diverted to the wavefront sensor. We conclude that AO can provide a significant advantage, of up to a factor ~2 in the V, R and I bands, for stars brighter than mR ~ 12 - 13. However, if these stars are observed at UHR in non-AO mode, slit losses caused by the need to use a very narrow slit can be compensated more effectively by the use of image slicers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5490, Advancements in Adaptive Optics, (25 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550373
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Germano G. Sacco, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo (Italy)
Univ. degli Studi di Palermo (Italy)
Roberto Pallavicini, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo (Italy)
Paolo Spano, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo (Italy)
Univ. degli Studi di Palermo (Italy)
Michael Andersen, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)
Manfred F. Woche, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)
Klaus G. Strassmeier, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5490:
Advancements in Adaptive Optics
Domenico Bonaccini Calia; Brent L. Ellerbroek; Roberto Ragazzoni, Editor(s)

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