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Commissioning of the NACO Fabry-Perot interferometer at the VLT
Author(s): Markus Hartung; Chris Lidman; Nancy Ageorges; Olivier Marco; Markus E. Kasper; Yann Clenet
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Paper Abstract

In October 2002 the VLT Adaptive Optics (AO) facility instrument NAOS-CONICA (NACO) was offered for the first time to the astronomical community and has been operated successfully ever since. NACO is capable of performing AO assisted imaging, spectroscopy, polarimetry, and coronography. One exciting and unique observing capability of NACO is its cold tunable Fabry-Perot Interferometer, that will be offered in October 2004. The 3-dimensional structure analysis of extended objects, such as planetary nebulae, is one interesting application of this device that combines imaging and medium resolution spectroscopy in the K-band. Using VLT day and night time commissioning data, the performance of the Fabry-Perot is evaluated and a strategy to handle the complex calibration and data reduction has been developed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5492, Ground-based Instrumentation for Astronomy, (30 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.552048
Show Author Affiliations
Markus Hartung, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Chris Lidman, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Nancy Ageorges, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Olivier Marco, European Southern Observatory (Chile)
Markus E. Kasper, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Yann Clenet, European Southern Observatory (Germany)


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

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